Norton Priory honours St Augustine 2012

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Norton Priory near RuncornNorton Priory near Runcorn is to celebrate St Augustine's Day on Tuesday 28 August by having a special talk and a procession with a selection of music by Liverpool Metropolitan (RC) Cathedral Choir.

The priory (pictured) was founded in 1134 and once owned lots of land around our diocese and beyond, including the parishes of Aston, Great Budworth, All Saints Runcorn, Daresbury and Grappenhall.

It is hoped that representatives of these parishes will take part in the forthcoming celebration for the priory, which was continually occupied through the Tudor and later periods.

On the day, Dr Andrew Abram will give a talk about the significance of the Augustinian order at Norton Priory. Dr Abram is a lecturer in medieval history at the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

The music will include the Augustinian service of ‘Nones’ – a medieval piece. After the music and procession medieval-style refreshments will be served.

This special event will be in the open air, weather permitting, and starting at 2pm. If the weather is poor, the covered undercroft will be used. The event is organised by The Norton Priory Museum Trust, and admission is by invitation only (talk, procession and refreshments).  But Norton Priory will be open to the public as usual on the day and normal admission charges apply. Visit www.nortonpriory.org for details or phone 01928 569895.

The priory is in the parish of Norton, which has St Bertoline’s Church at its centre.

Priest-in-Charge, the Revd Canon John Beaney, takes a Christmas carol service at the priory each year in the undercroft.

He said: “The people of Norton are very proud of their priory and its ancient heritage and are looking forward to celebrating its foundation and its long contribution to local life.”