KIRKLEES PRIORY was a
Nuns from the priory were involved in scandals between 1306 and 1315.
Archbishop of York
The priory was not dissolved by the Dissolution of the Lesser
Monasteries Act in 1535, but continued for worship and hospitality.
Cecilia Topcliffe was the prioress, and the convent consisted of the
nuns who had been there on 4 February 1536, who continued as before
the passing of the Act. In 1539, after the
Second Act of Dissolution ,
Joan Kyppes surrendered the priory, which had eight inmates. At the
date of surrender the whole property was worth £29 18s. 9d. The site
was granted to John Tasburgh and Nicholas Savill; the church and
priory buildings were demolished, and the stone was used to build Low
Hall, now known as Old Farm. It was extended in the 18th century by
A local inn, The Three Nuns, was named after Cecilia Topclife, Joan Leverthorpe and Katherine Grace, who sought refuge at the site of a guesthouse of the priory and ran it as a hostelry. The present inn was built in 1939 and the site of the guest house is buried under the car park.
All that remains of
The landscaping of Kirklees Park is after Francis Richardson. The area can trace its history to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Archeological investigation has identified finds along with Samien ware evidencing a Roman villa, fragments of fourth-century marble statuary, and ruins of a Roman fortification, the site of which is still visible.
Kirklees Park is known for its collection of rhododendrons and camellias which grow throughout the ancient woodlands and border the ornamental ponds and gardens. Kirklees Park is of international historical importance due to its collection of medieval buildings preserved by the Armytage family over several hundred years.
The priory is connected with the medieval legend of
* ^ A B C Page, William, ed. (1974), "Houses of Cistercian
nuns:Kirklees Priory", A History of the County of York: Volume 3,
British History Online, p. 170, retrieved 2010-09-24
* ^ A B Kirklees Priory, Calderdale Council, retrieved 2010-09-24
* ^ A B In the footsteps of Robin Hood, Channel 4, retrieved
Coordinates : 53°41′42″N 1°44′14″W / 53.6951°N 1.7372°W /