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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Coventry: mediaeval monastic buildings converted to offices
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¬†A range of listed farm buildings that once belonged to the monks at Coventry's mediaeval Benedictine Priory Cathedral have been converted into upmarket office suites. Some 360 acres of land in the old Manor of Potters Marston, near Hinckley in Leicestershire, was originally given to the Benedictine Priory of St Mary's in Coventry by Leofric, the Earl of Mercia and husband of Lady Godiva. The noble couple gave much of their land and money to establish the priory that dominated Coventry life from the 11th to the 16th century. The priory developed a large farm, school and hospital. The land seized by Henry Vlll during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Records show that Coventry's priory was dissolved in January, 1539. After that the king acquired all the monks' land in Coventry as well as the Potters Marston lands. These were rented out to a new lord of the manor for the princely sum of £4 13s 4d (£4.67). Today the new business residents of Dovecote Court, which has been redeveloped within the mediaeval walled courtyard and in the grounds of Potters Marston Hall, can be expected to pay rather more in rent.
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