Burscough Priory

Burscough Priory

Burscough Priory, located at Burscough, Lancashire, England, was founded in 1186 by Robert Fitz-Henry, Lord of Lathom, and named after the Black Canons an order of Augustinian monks. It was dissolved c.1536 by Henry VIII although some remains still exist. The bells of the Priory were moved to the nearby Ormskirk Parish Church.

An open market is held twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Saturdays, in the pedestrianised centre of Ormskirk. This is permitted by a Royal Charter that was granted by Edward I of England in 1286 to the monks at Burscough Priory.

The Priory also gives its name to the local high school, 'Burscough Priory Science College', until recently known as 'Burscough Priory High School'. The school has an enrolment of around 750 pupils of ages 11-16 years.

External links

* [http://www.bispham2.freeserve.co.uk/curios/burscou.jpgPicture of Priory remains]
* [http://www.lhi.org.uk/docs/lathom_deer_park_report_vol_3.pdf Local Heritage Initiative document]
* [http://www.lhi.org.uk/docs/Deer_Park_ReportVol_One.pdf More detailed document]
* [http://homepages.tesco.net/~jane.ball2/html/burscough_priory.html Site visit and picture]
* [http://www.lancashireparishcouncils.gov.uk/parishes/parish_display.asp?parishid=165 Parish Council report]
* [http://www.prioryhigh.lancs.sch.uk/ School Website]

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