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Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Place Department, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Prittlewell Priory was founded by the Cluniac Order in the early 12th century as a cell to the Priory of St Pancras at Lewes, Sussex.

 

It was one of the lesser monasteries housing not more than 18 monks. In 1536 much of the building was destroyed and what remained was much altered during the 18th Century. Alterations were made again in the early 20th Century, when the Refectory was restored and partly rebuilt. A number of original features do survive, including a 12th Century doorway with chevron and dog tooth ornamentation.

 

After the Dissolution the Priory was a private residence and it was granted to Lord Chancellor Audley, who conveyed it to Robert, son of Lord Rich. It afterwards passed with the manor to various families. The last family to live there, the 19th Century Scrattons, are explored in an exhibition inside the house. In 1917 the building was purchased by Robert Jones, and in May 1922 it opened as Southend's first museum.

 

In 2011 works began on refurbishing the existing buildings and the construction of a new Visitor Centre. The £2 million works were in part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Cory Environmental Trust in Southend and were undertaken by The Facility Architects and Ibex Interiors. Works were completed in the summer of 2012 and the Priory re-opened in the June of that year. The new Visitor Centre, adjacent to the Priory, opened in February 2013.

Getting Here

PRITTLEWELL PRIORY

Priory Park

Victoria Avenue

Southend-on-Sea

Essex

SS2 6NB

 

Telephone: 01702 212190

Email: museums@southend.gov.uk

Visitor Information

The Priory

Mon-Fri: Closed

Sat-Sun: 11:00-16:00

(closed on Sunday 13:00-13:30)

Visitor Centre

Mon: Closed

Tues-Sat: 11:00-16:00

Sun: 11:00-15:45

(closed on Sunday 13:00-13:30)

The Visitor Centre will close 15 minutes prior to closing time.

Please note we do not allow buggies, bikes or scooters in the Priory.

Opening Times

Discover unique gifts, toys and stationery in our museum Gift Shop. 

There are currently no refreshment facilities inside the museum.

Gift Shop and Refreshments

The Visitor Centre is all on one level, allowing access throughout, and housing a disabled toilet. The Priory is a two-floor building - the second floor is accessible via a self-operated lift.  One area is inaccessible in a wheelchair - the Minstrel's Gallery (a small balcony overlooking the Refectory) though the Refectory can be seen from behind the gallery.

Limited disabled parking spaces are available to the side of the Visitor Centre. Access is through the Priory Park car park - on entering the park, keep going straight rather than turning right into the main car park.

The cellar area of the Priory is dimly lit and there is a video playing.

Prittlewell Priory Accessibility

Weddings at Pritlewell Priory

Celebrate your wedding in the beautiful surroundings of Prittlewell Priory and gardens.

Weddings at

Prittlewell Priory

Sponsr a Paver

Create a special memory, and let your message  become a part of Prittlewell history!

Sponsor a Paver at

Prittlewell Priory

Events at Prittlewell Priory

There's lots of great events all year round, exploring the history of this iconic building.

What's on at

Prittlewell Priory

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