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The Mt. Grace Priory near Thirsk

The priory had been a thriving monastery where 20 or 30 monks could spend their days in isolated meditation. They were provided food from a central kitchen. Each monk had his own "apartment" with bedroom, study area and a small enclosed garden. Running water for drinking and sanitation was provided by several springs a little higher up on the mountainside which are still running freely today. Along with most other Catholic religious sites, the Priory was forced to close during the reign of Henry the 8th and soon fell into disrepair. Several monks from the Priory were martyred for refusing to acknowledge Henry's claim that he was the head of the Catholic church in Britain.