Wessex Attractions: Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory, two miles west of Montacute House, is a collection of 14th century farm buildings that once housed the college of priests serving the Chapel of St Nicholas, which no longer survives. The 15th century Great Hall, a Grade I listed building, is open to visitors, and the entire complex is maintained by the National Trust.

The buildings are constructed from the local Ham Hill stone, and originally housed four priests. The college had already fallen into disrepair before the dissolution of the monasteries, and passed into the hands of the laity in 1548. The buildings changed hands several times over the next 70 years, eventually being sold to the Strode family. The National Trust acquired the complex in 1946.

The satnav postcode is TA14 6QP, and the what3words is ///resembles.backfired.contour. Bus numbers 81 and 652 stop at nearby Main Street Post Office.

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