Introduction - Medieval Market - Living History Encampment - Timetable - Prices and Map - Photos - Links

Founded in 1343 by Nicholas de Cantelupe, Beauvale is one of nine Priorys to be built in Britain dedicated to the Carthusian Order of monks. The monks lived a silent life here for 200 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when they refused to sign the Oath of Supremacy which would acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England. The Priory was stripped and left as a ruin.

In 2006 Tony and Ann Whyte bought Beauvale Abbey Farm, on which the ruins of the Priory stand. Keen to renovate the farm cottage and the whole site, they have worked with conservation experts to consolidate the ruins and preserve them for the future.

The Beauvale Priory Medieval Fayre aims to further raise awareness of the history and future of Beauvale Priory. A medieval market and living history encampment will allow people to travel back in time to experience life in the Middle Ages. As this is a working farm there will also be animals to see and a local produce to buy. A number of talks and guided walks are also planned.

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