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PRIORY SQUARE, WALTON
BACKGROUND

Priory Square, WaltonPriory Square seems to have acquired its name from a priory located in the village in medieval times.

A priory is a small monastery or nunnery that is governed by a prior or prioress. In this case, it is thought that it was owned by the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Order of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers, Knights Hospitaller, and the Hospitallers. It was one of the most prominent of the Roman Catholic military orders.

Almost all of the Order's property in England was confiscated by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries

The house at the north-west corner of the square is thought to be part of the original malt kiln belonging to the priory.

In more recent times, the Priory Estate was owned by the Clay Family of Walton Grange, Edward Taylor and his widow Edna, and Charles Henry Simpson.

The cottages were mainly passed down from father to son; among the family names are: Denton, Blackmore, Simpson and Spurr.

(Sources: Peter Wright, A History of Walton, 1985; Margaret Vernon, Walton Chronology, 1978, John Goodchild, the local historian and often the "source of the sources"; Wikipedia, Knights Hospitaller.)

 


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