Llanthony Secunda

a window on the past; a place for the present

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Llanthony Secunda is for everyone

Experience the quiet open spaces within a bustling city for a walk or picnic. Find out more about the history of this important place and the people and events it witnessed. Come to one of our regular events or hire our fascinating space for your own function.

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The Llanthropology Project

We are now welcoming Activity Proposals for our Llanthropology project. We need your suggestions for activities that are engaging, promote wellbeing and of course adhere to Covid-19 regulations.

Featured Event

September 30, 2020
Busy Open Day at Llanthony Secunda Priory looking towards the Medieval Range

October Open DayOctober 4, 2020

Join us for an autumnal Open Day at Llanthony Secunda Priory this Sunday. We’ll be opening our doors from 11am – 3pm. A drop-in workshop for the Glimmer community art project will run from 1 - 3pm - come and try your hand at needle felting.
September 17, 2020

Calling all artists: we’re welcoming Art Proposals for the Llanthropology ProjectSeptember 29, 2020

Find out more and submit your proposal for this Llanthropology art commission

About

Llanthony Secunda Priory in Gloucester is the remains of a once large and important Augustinian Priory which was founded outside the city walls in 1136.  It is a scheduled monument with listed buildings that has played an important part in Gloucester’s history for over 900 years.

Our Re-formation Project is bringing Llanthony back to life. The two main buildings dating from the 15th century have been restored and conserved and are now back in daily use. The grounds have been landscaped with new paths, benches, trees and planting and will include an example of a medieval courtyard garden. Special events and projects over the next few years will establish Llanthony Secunda Priory as a heritage attraction and cultural venue.

The Priory, one of several religious foundations in Gloucester, existed for 400 years.  It owned properties and land both in Gloucester and the surrounding counties – as far afield as Ireland – churches, farms, fish weirs, quarries and manor houses.

Come in and visit where canons worked and lived; where royal visitors such as Henry VII came to stay. 

Come in and visit where canons worked and lived; where royal visitors such as Henry VII came to stay on his visits to Gloucester.  Imagine how everything changed after the Dissolution of the Monasteries – the buildings and church taken down or used as farms and orchards; how the Civil War affected the Priory and when the industrial revolution took place, the canal was built and it was surrounded by railway lines and yards.

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The church and cloisters have disappeared, buried underneath surrounding industry. There is always more to be discovered; illuminated manuscripts, hidden archaeology and fascinating stories of the people who have live here over the centuries.

Llanthony in medieval times was a “noble house……set about handsomely with pleasure gardens”, providing hospitality, learning and employment.  Today, a miracle of survival, the Priory provides a great welcome for all, important once again to Gloucester and its community.

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