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Wenlock Priory (Much Wenlock)

Wenlock Priory is an important ruined religious house in the little Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, the ruins of which date from the 12th century.

It is situated close to the town cetre.

The priory was originally founded in the 7th century by Wulfhere, King of Mercia, who installed his niece St. Milburga as its Abbess.

Soon after the Norman Conquest, it became a prosperous Cluniac priory, and much of the structure survives today in the form of high, romantic walls and the resting place of St. Milburga.

The ruins are set in green lawns with topiary, and there are substantial remains of the Norman chapter house and 13th century church.

The Priory is now in the care of English Heritage.

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