Doors of historic building opened to public for free

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Free open days are being held at the 13th century Wilmington Priory. The Landmark Trust is opening the building, founded by the mother of William the Conqueror, on April 12, 14 and 15.

The open days will give the public an opportunity to see inside this important building. There is no need to book. For more information contact the Landmark Trust booking office on 01628 825925 or visit www.landmarktrust.org.uk.

Wilmington Priory was a cell of the Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame de Grestain and was founded in the thirteenth century by Herluin de Conteville and his wife Arlette, the mother of William of Conqueror, lending it considerable prestige.

Wilmington Priory, dates back to 1215. Alterations have taken place in almost every century since and the result is a complex puzzle to unravel; a medieval site with its fine vaulted entrance porch, stair turrets and mullioned window in the Great Chamber along with the comfort of the living rooms improved by the Georgians.

The structure has been added to and altered over its long history, some of it lost to ruin and decay. What remains now following restoration show how important it must once have been. There are ruined walls, an underground crypt and an ancient roof structure open to the trusses. Restoration of the building was completed in 2000 and Wilmington Priory has been open as a Landmark for six people since then.

All are welcome to attend these open days and look around this beautiful historic building and landscape. The opening times are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm)