Lewes Priory reopens after restoration

Lewes Priory
Image caption Lewes Priory was the parent monastery of the Cluniac monks in England

The ruins of a medieval priory in East Sussex have been reopened to the public after an £800,000 restoration project.

The work, at the 11th Century Priory of St Pancras in Lewes, has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and English Heritage.

The two-year project conserved the ruins of the Grade I-listed Norman property in Cockshut Road to make them safe for visitors. Entrance is free.

The opening is being celebrated with a family fun day and medieval festival.

"We want to have a great fun day and celebrate the existence of the priory and the fact that it has been wonderfully restored," said Sy Morse-Brown of Lewes Priory Trust.

The priory is described by HLF as "one of the most important historical buildings in south-east England".

Work carried out while the priory was closed included improvements to access and interpretation of the medieval monastery.

The inner fencing was removed and firm pathways, benches and interpretive signs were installed.

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