Bushmead Priory

Bushmead Priory, Bedford

Bushmead Priory
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Simon P
Cambridgeshire, UK44 contributions
So much history in such a small place!
Sep 2019 • Family
Fed up with the crowds? Bushmead Priory is "crowd free". One of English Heritage's 400 attractions, it is small but perfectly formed, just on the outskirts of Little Staughton, north of Bedford. We went using the Country Life butter promotion, but will soon be joining English Heritage, as members, with the wonderful Wrest Park and gardens further to the south. There were only about 5 or 6 cars there, as its a small car park, within a private estate (the Wade-Gery family, of Staploe) and you'll probably need to book. Open the first Saturday of the month (May to September), the two very interesting volunteers were keen to point out the steps and architecture in its chequered history, along with some relevant and amusing anecdotes. There is a free EH booklet by D. Sherlock, who has clearly a bit of S. Holmes running in his blood. So if you are planning a trip through Bedfordshire, take an hour or two to visit Bushmead Priory. Take your binoculars and a camera. No refreshment or wc facilities on site, so GO before you go!
Written September 11, 2019
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GRAHAMMMCFARLANE
Bedford, UK632 contributions
Visually interesting site
Aug 2016 • Business
In visiting sites of spiritual interest in the Bedford area, the Bushmead Priory was off the usual track but interesting from a historical point of view - recommended.
Written September 13, 2016
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Traceyrobbie1
Cambridge, United Kingdom38 contributions
Hidden history
Sep 2015 • Couples
We had always driven past the gates of the priory, and we're intrigued as to what lay behind. Being member of English heritage, we were able to book a rare slot to visit on the rare occasions it is open to public. The lady who showed us around was lovely but she was quite spooked on the rare occasions she had to work there.it is slowly being restored and only 3 cars can go at any one time.the visit only takes half an hour to an hour depending on how much you want to look at but if fairly local, definatley worth a visit!
Written July 13, 2016
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ilooklikeworf
St. Neots, UK5 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jun 2015 • Friends
Not open often, but if you are interested in history or just want to see something rare and unusual, it is well worth a visit.
Written April 14, 2016
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Pendley
Bedford, UK137 contributions
Interesting Tour
Sep 2014 • Couples
As previous review,(not going to repeat as his was great). found tour interesting, but do need to book to view. Uneven surfaces and stairs so not suitable for children and or if have mobility problems.
Written July 10, 2015
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TattooMonkey
Harrogate, UK398 contributions
A rare survival of an Augustinian refectory.
May 2015 • Friends
The refectory along with part of the kitchen form the only surviving sections of the priory. The refectory building is near complete with a dramatic crown-post roof and traces of 14th century wall paint.
This site is fascinating to any history enthusiast because although only a fragment of a priory it is a near-complete fragment. Open only rarely (check the website) and with no shop or toilets this is not an ideal place to spend a full day. Access is via a long drive through private grounds (parking is ample).
The staff member was helpful and there were a lot of interpretation panels describing the ruins.
Written June 4, 2015
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