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Priory Park (Prittlewell)

Priory Park is a beautiful municipal park at Prittlewell, the mother village of Southend.

At the heart of the park are the remains of Prittlewell Priory, a Cluniac monastery founded in 1121.

Local jeweller R. A. Jones purchased the grounds in 1917 and gave them to the people of Southend to use as a public park.

In addition to the Priory itself, now used as a museum, there is a quiet Walled Garden, rugby, football and cricket pitches, as well as tennis courts.

There are annual open air concerts in the park.

The Prittle Brook flows through Priory Park, and the two small lakes which it feeds are the remains of the monastic fishponds.

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