At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Priory was granted to Sir Thomas Wodehouse of Waxham. The Paston family were also patrons of the Priory. Sir John Paston, on his death in 1466, was brought form London to Bromholm to be buried in amid much pomp and ceremony.
Extensive remains still stand, although they are now used as a farm storage area. The church was originally 200ft long, 50ft wide, with transepts 90ft across. There is also rumoured to be the remains of a secret tunnel linking the priory with St Margaret's Church, complete with golden gates in existence.
Miracles And Murder At The Priory
People are now able to read about life at Bacton Priory in the 13th century, following the publication of a book by local author, Jane Finch. Bromholme – A Place of Miracles and Murder tells how the Priory came to be in possession of the True Cross, and later a place of pilgrimage as miracles began to occur.
The True Cross was said to be a part of the Cross of which Jesus Christ was crucified, and the book gives some historical facts relating to this, and how the True Cross came from the Court of Baldwin I in Constantinople to a small village priory in Norfolk.
This book gives a fictional account of life at the priory before and after the True Cross arrived, and details how the Priory flourished until the suppression of the Priories by King Henry VIII in the 16th Century.
Copies are available from the author at £6.95 each plus p & p, on 01692 650502 or can be ordered online at http://www.finchlark.webs.com
(Left) Photo Tim Lenton.
(Right) Photo Lucy Care.
A natural archway of trees, photo Lucy Care.