Nones at Merton Priory

The 13th Nones prayer service will be held at the ruins of Merton Priory, near Colliers Wood in South London on Sunday, 2 May, at 3pm.

Merton Priory was a major Augustinian house from 1117 - 1538 AD. The setting of two royal coronations - that of Eleanor of Provence in 1236, and Henry VI in 1437 - the nave of the church was longer than Westminster Abbey. Saint Thomas Becket was educated there.

The superstructure of the church was dismantled during the Reformation in 1538 and the stones were used in the construction of nearby Nonsuch Place, but the foundations of the monastery complex remain largely intact.

The grounds over Merton Priory are currently the subject of a proposed new development for housing, a hotel and leisure centre, and extension of the Merton Abbey Mills market.

Some supporters would like to see a heritage and information centre at the neglected site.

If your parish is dedicated to St Thomas Becket, or you would like more information, email

Nones is also being held at Holyrood Abbey for the first time since the Dissolution. This is an historic occasion. The service will also take place at Plympton Priory, a 'daughter' house of Merton and by a representative of Taunton Priory, another 'daughter' house of Merton's.

Directions to Merton Priory -

By car. Take the A3 to Colliers Wood, from London turn left after the station and follow the road right until Merantun Way.  Cross Merantun Way and follow directions right at the roundabout for Marks/Sainsbury's carpark. Park nearest to Merantun Way.
The Chapter House entrance is within the underpass. From Wimbledon Merantun Way is behind South Wimbledon tube station, it runs parallel to the A3.

By tube to Colliers Wood.  Walk towards the big black building and on towards the supermarkets along the River Wandle.  Turn into the supermarkets over a little bridge on your left.  Keep straight on walking through the shop into the carpark and
the underpass, where we will be, is in front of you.

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