Leez Priory

Leez Priory

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name = Leez Priory

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longitude = 0.467235
location = Leez Ln, Hartford End
location_town = Chelmsford
location_country = England
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client = Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich
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Leez Priory is a 16th century mansion near Chelmsford in Essex, England.


In 1220, Sir Ralph Gernon decided that the hamlet of Leez, in a dip by the banks of the River Ter, would provide the perfect location on which to found his monastery. His Augustinian priory thrived for over 300 years until King Henry VIII sent [Sir Richard Rich to dismiss the monastery. When Sir Richard Rich became the Earl of Warwick, he built his own great house on the site that is now known as Leez Priory.

In the years that followed, the mansion has been home to the Earls of Warwick and has been visited by Queen Elizabeth I, Princess Mary and many other nobles from the past.

In the late 1980’s, Leez Priory was purchased by its current owners, The Country House Weddings group. In May 1995, Leez became the first country house in England to be granted a licence to conduct civil ceremonies and today it prides itself on being a sought-after wedding venue. [cite news |first=Ross |last=Clark |title=Get me to the house on time |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2005/04/02/pmanor02.xml&sSheet=/property/2005/04/02/ixptop12.html |work=The Telegraph |date=2005-04-02 |quote=The buyer was the Country House Weddings Group, which already owns Leez Priory near Chelmsford, a 15-bedroom house that it has been using for weddings since the mid-1990s. With 80 weddings a year, Leez Priory is now running at full capacity, hence the need for an alternative property. ]


External links

* [http://www.brideshead.co.uk/leez_main.html Leez Priory Wedding Venue and Reception Venue]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/essex/360/leez_priory.shtml BBC - Essex 360 Images - Leez Priory]

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