SIAH Lecture Saturday 2021-02-08
The previously advertised talk will be replaced by this:
Edward Martin: Great Bricett Priory and Hall
Great Bricett may be one of the lesser-known places in Suffolk, but it has a fascinating history. Its medieval priory, founded in the early 12th century, was one of the earliest Augustinian priories to be established in England and is the only one to be a daughter-house of the collegiate church of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, near Limoges in France. This was the centre of the cult of St Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners, and the priory at Bricett was dedicated to him. The priory church became the parish church, and the other surviving remains of the priory are contained within Great Bricett Hall, which forms an unusual timber-framed wing on the north side of the church. This wing was thought, stylistically, to date from the 13th century, but has now been dendro-dated to the 1320s. This wing does not seem to have been a part of a standard claustral layout, instead, it more closely resembles a lay manor house. Near the church is an additional challenge to interpretation, an earthwork resembling a flattened motte-and-bailey castle, perhaps to be interpreted as a semi-fortified ‘forcelet’, which probably contained the residence of the priory’s founder, Ralph fitz Brien.