A beautiful village steeped in history

Diary posted

27th September 2013

The Priory, a Grade II listed building, is a modern retirement village steeped in history and these pictures show just that.

The Monstrance (pictured) was originally placed in the high altar (pictured) at The Priory many years ago.  When the Priory closed as a nunnery the Monstrance was taken by the Plymouth Diocese, a Roman Catholic Church, before the Priory became the retirement village we know and love today.

The Monstrance is currently on loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London from the Plymouth Diocese.

Although it looks gold, it is in fact made of silver gilt, studded with precious stones and enamel, made in the Southern Netherlands.

The Monstrance would have held the offering at the services, and then would have been placed in the aperture at the top of the high altar.

Shirley Buckley Village Manager said: “This is an interesting piece of history and is unique to our village. The high altar still exists and the Monstrance would have been placed in the opening two thirds of the way up.”