7. The earliest recorded residence on site was Wotton Farm. The cottage and farm buildings eventually became the home of the priory’s farm manager and were later converted into the block of cottages which can still be seen upon entrance to The Priory today.
8. One of the residents was a man named Charles Braine. He was a passionate botanist and he is to thank for persuading Kew Gardens to supply the stunning trees and shrubs which now populate the collection at The Priory. The records at Kew Gardens indicated that most of our mature trees are now roughly 150 years old.
9. The most treasured antique preserved at The Priory was the shirt, made of haircloth, of Saint Thomas More – who was executed for treason at the Tower of London in 1535 for refusing to accept Henry VII as head of the Church.
So, how many of the above could you have guessed about The Priory retirement village that we know and love today? If you’re keen to discover more information about The Priory today, then click here.
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