£1.8m restoration of Prittlewell Priory is complete

£1.8m restoration of Prittlewell Priory is complete

£1.8m restoration of Prittlewell Priory is complete

First published in News

THE two-year refurbishment of Prittlewell Priory has unravelled a wealth of history about the 900-year-old building, as well as revealing quirky stories about the many families who called it home.

A team of restorers, crafters and builders have carefully and lovingly restored the building in Priory Park – which includes a Victorian wing, a 12th-century refectory and a wildlife room – to its former glory.

The £1.8million project now has an environmentally-friendly visitor centre with toilets, a shop and multi-use function room.

It will be officially reopened tomorrow by Leigh comedian Phill Jupitus.

Clare Hunt, head curator for Southend Museums, said: “What is so special about it for me is that for many years it was a museum of Southend and so many people did not know anything about the building or the grounds.

“It contained the history of the whole of Southend.

“Now it can really shine and tell its own story, from the cellars used by monks in the 12th century, to profiling the Victorian Scratton family, who were the last people to live here.

“It is so important for us to be able to bring it back to life.”

Built in 1110 by Robert FitzSuen, the Priory of St Mary first housed the Cluniac monks.

For hundreds of years it housed many families as a private residence, before being bought in 1917 by Robert Jones, who had it refurbished and turned it into a museum.

It was closed to the public in 2009 before restoration work started in August 2010.

Claire Fox, marketing and events officer at Southend Museums, said: “This historical building can now document the people who lived here, using artefacts which have not been on display before.”

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4:47pm Sun 17 Jun 12

firedog says...

A wonderful building,and an asset to the town.
A wonderful building,and an asset to the town. firedog
  • Score: 3

6:00pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Max Impact says...

It is a remarkable restoration, very well done to all involved, how long before somebody moans about it...
It is a remarkable restoration, very well done to all involved, how long before somebody moans about it... Max Impact
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Sun 17 Jun 12

SARFENDMAN says...

Joke opening. No one could hear the speeches as the mean Council wouldn't pay for a P.A. Money had to go toward vino and nibbles for the Council In Crowd. No info handouts as to what was going on. Nothing changes.
Joke opening. No one could hear the speeches as the mean Council wouldn't pay for a P.A. Money had to go toward vino and nibbles for the Council In Crowd. No info handouts as to what was going on. Nothing changes. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: -2

7:11pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Max Impact says...

I attended and was given a sheet with the timetable of events, they were also free to anyone who went into the new visitor centre.

I stood close to the doors of the new visitor centre during the opening and the only time I had difficulty in hearing was when the lady from the Lottery was talking the council bloke and Phil Jupitus could both clearly be heard from there.

The marquee was for those that had supported the project by buying a paving stone, the normal members of the public that had done so, it was a way to thank you to those very people, if you had bought one you could have gone in, but there are those that like to participate in helping preserve Southend’s history and those that don’t.

And before anyone remarks about the way the paving stones had been laid it was temporary for the event, they are to be reset in the next few weeks.
I attended and was given a sheet with the timetable of events, they were also free to anyone who went into the new visitor centre. I stood close to the doors of the new visitor centre during the opening and the only time I had difficulty in hearing was when the lady from the Lottery was talking the council bloke and Phil Jupitus could both clearly be heard from there. The marquee was for those that had supported the project by buying a paving stone, the normal members of the public that had done so, it was a way to thank you to those very people, if you had bought one you could have gone in, but there are those that like to participate in helping preserve Southend’s history and those that don’t. And before anyone remarks about the way the paving stones had been laid it was temporary for the event, they are to be reset in the next few weeks. Max Impact
  • Score: 3

9:32pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Broadwaywatch says...

Max Impact wrote:
I attended and was given a sheet with the timetable of events, they were also free to anyone who went into the new visitor centre.

I stood close to the doors of the new visitor centre during the opening and the only time I had difficulty in hearing was when the lady from the Lottery was talking the council bloke and Phil Jupitus could both clearly be heard from there.

The marquee was for those that had supported the project by buying a paving stone, the normal members of the public that had done so, it was a way to thank you to those very people, if you had bought one you could have gone in, but there are those that like to participate in helping preserve Southend’s history and those that don’t.

And before anyone remarks about the way the paving stones had been laid it was temporary for the event, they are to be reset in the next few weeks.
I tend to think that maybe SARFENDMAN has possibly done more in his own way to preserve Southend's history than you might have done or are ever likely to do.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: I attended and was given a sheet with the timetable of events, they were also free to anyone who went into the new visitor centre. I stood close to the doors of the new visitor centre during the opening and the only time I had difficulty in hearing was when the lady from the Lottery was talking the council bloke and Phil Jupitus could both clearly be heard from there. The marquee was for those that had supported the project by buying a paving stone, the normal members of the public that had done so, it was a way to thank you to those very people, if you had bought one you could have gone in, but there are those that like to participate in helping preserve Southend’s history and those that don’t. And before anyone remarks about the way the paving stones had been laid it was temporary for the event, they are to be reset in the next few weeks.[/p][/quote]I tend to think that maybe SARFENDMAN has possibly done more in his own way to preserve Southend's history than you might have done or are ever likely to do. Broadwaywatch
  • Score: -3

11:06pm Sun 17 Jun 12

Max Impact says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Max Impact wrote:
I attended and was given a sheet with the timetable of events, they were also free to anyone who went into the new visitor centre.

I stood close to the doors of the new visitor centre during the opening and the only time I had difficulty in hearing was when the lady from the Lottery was talking the council bloke and Phil Jupitus could both clearly be heard from there.

The marquee was for those that had supported the project by buying a paving stone, the normal members of the public that had done so, it was a way to thank you to those very people, if you had bought one you could have gone in, but there are those that like to participate in helping preserve Southend’s history and those that don’t.

And before anyone remarks about the way the paving stones had been laid it was temporary for the event, they are to be reset in the next few weeks.
I tend to think that maybe SARFENDMAN has possibly done more in his own way to preserve Southend's history than you might have done or are ever likely to do.
You would be surprised what I have done to preserve some of Southend's history...

I have bottles, tickets, pieces of demolished buildings from across Southend, complete set of manuals from the ATL98 Carvair, BAF & BWA manuals for the Viscount, BAC111, Herald, and 1000's of photos.

and a paving stone in Priory Park.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: I attended and was given a sheet with the timetable of events, they were also free to anyone who went into the new visitor centre. I stood close to the doors of the new visitor centre during the opening and the only time I had difficulty in hearing was when the lady from the Lottery was talking the council bloke and Phil Jupitus could both clearly be heard from there. The marquee was for those that had supported the project by buying a paving stone, the normal members of the public that had done so, it was a way to thank you to those very people, if you had bought one you could have gone in, but there are those that like to participate in helping preserve Southend’s history and those that don’t. And before anyone remarks about the way the paving stones had been laid it was temporary for the event, they are to be reset in the next few weeks.[/p][/quote]I tend to think that maybe SARFENDMAN has possibly done more in his own way to preserve Southend's history than you might have done or are ever likely to do.[/p][/quote]You would be surprised what I have done to preserve some of Southend's history... I have bottles, tickets, pieces of demolished buildings from across Southend, complete set of manuals from the ATL98 Carvair, BAF & BWA manuals for the Viscount, BAC111, Herald, and 1000's of photos. and a paving stone in Priory Park. Max Impact
  • Score: 0

6:27am Mon 18 Jun 12

Broadwaywatch says...

So you are somewhat an anorak whilst according to your past posts most other people are nimbys. However aircraft spotting etc is a great hobby. Perhaps you could put on an exibition at the Airport for others to admire your collection whilst they wait for their flights. Pity to keep it out of sight. I certainly would be interested. I wonder which paving stone is yours. I myself have donated two paving stones in the past but they are a little further away........Grasmere in the Lakes. However, although I paid for them they do not bare my name.
So you are somewhat an anorak whilst according to your past posts most other people are nimbys. However aircraft spotting etc is a great hobby. Perhaps you could put on an exibition at the Airport for others to admire your collection whilst they wait for their flights. Pity to keep it out of sight. I certainly would be interested. I wonder which paving stone is yours. I myself have donated two paving stones in the past but they are a little further away........Grasmere in the Lakes. However, although I paid for them they do not bare my name. Broadwaywatch
  • Score: -2

3:44pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Max Impact says...

I would be more than happy to show you the manual collection but...

It's stored in Scotland, a mate has a store unit that has climate control so they are in the best possible envioment for long term preservation.
I would be more than happy to show you the manual collection but... It's stored in Scotland, a mate has a store unit that has climate control so they are in the best possible envioment for long term preservation. Max Impact
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Broadwaywatch says...

Considering your reason I can quite understand not being able to see your manual collection....shame that us in Southend won't ever see the docs but it rewarding to think that apart from them being in Scotland you would have been happy for me to see them.
Is the Carvair information about G-ANYB?....I believe that was the first one. Great days!
Considering your reason I can quite understand not being able to see your manual collection....shame that us in Southend won't ever see the docs but it rewarding to think that apart from them being in Scotland you would have been happy for me to see them. Is the Carvair information about G-ANYB?....I believe that was the first one. Great days! Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Mon 18 Jun 12

SARFENDMAN says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Considering your reason I can quite understand not being able to see your manual collection....shame that us in Southend won't ever see the docs but it rewarding to think that apart from them being in Scotland you would have been happy for me to see them. Is the Carvair information about G-ANYB?....I believe that was the first one. Great days!
Remembering the Carvairs built in Southend also brings back thoughts of that other Southend designed plane that sadly didn't really make the same impact and that was "THE ACCOUNTANT". Just the one prototype.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Considering your reason I can quite understand not being able to see your manual collection....shame that us in Southend won't ever see the docs but it rewarding to think that apart from them being in Scotland you would have been happy for me to see them. Is the Carvair information about G-ANYB?....I believe that was the first one. Great days![/p][/quote]Remembering the Carvairs built in Southend also brings back thoughts of that other Southend designed plane that sadly didn't really make the same impact and that was "THE ACCOUNTANT". Just the one prototype. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Max Impact says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Considering your reason I can quite understand not being able to see your manual collection....shame that us in Southend won't ever see the docs but it rewarding to think that apart from them being in Scotland you would have been happy for me to see them.
Is the Carvair information about G-ANYB?....I believe that was the first one. Great days!
G-ANYB was the first,

however the set I have were not desginated to anyone aircraft.

It might me sound odd but they have that loves "old book" smell about them that no Kindle book reader thing will ever do...
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Considering your reason I can quite understand not being able to see your manual collection....shame that us in Southend won't ever see the docs but it rewarding to think that apart from them being in Scotland you would have been happy for me to see them. Is the Carvair information about G-ANYB?....I believe that was the first one. Great days![/p][/quote]G-ANYB was the first, however the set I have were not desginated to anyone aircraft. It might me sound odd but they have that loves "old book" smell about them that no Kindle book reader thing will ever do... Max Impact
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Broadwaywatch says...

yes i know what you mean.
This might sound odd as well but I love sniffing old books.
Do you remember G-APJB the blue 'joy flight' Prentice.I looked it up about a year ago and its still flying (back in its old RAF markings if I remeber correctly).
yes i know what you mean. This might sound odd as well but I love sniffing old books. Do you remember G-APJB the blue 'joy flight' Prentice.I looked it up about a year ago and its still flying (back in its old RAF markings if I remeber correctly). Broadwaywatch
  • Score: 0

5:57pm Tue 19 Jun 12

APR says...

Was at a dinner a little while ago, and was sitting next to a chap who used to fly Carvairs at Southend.

Also did some work for a chap who still lives near the airport, and has drawings of the "Accountant", a model as well I seem to remember.
Was at a dinner a little while ago, and was sitting next to a chap who used to fly Carvairs at Southend. Also did some work for a chap who still lives near the airport, and has drawings of the "Accountant", a model as well I seem to remember. APR
  • Score: 0

7:22pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Max Impact says...

I actually almost bought a Prentice a few years back, she was a gutted hulk but a static restoration was possible, can't remember the reg but it was on offer at £3000 with spares for the cockpit all u/s

However after talking to the owner he upped the price to a stupid £75,000! So I walked away and sadly the aircraft was scrapped a year or so later.
I actually almost bought a Prentice a few years back, she was a gutted hulk but a static restoration was possible, can't remember the reg but it was on offer at £3000 with spares for the cockpit all u/s However after talking to the owner he upped the price to a stupid £75,000! So I walked away and sadly the aircraft was scrapped a year or so later. Max Impact
  • Score: 0

11:55pm Tue 19 Jun 12

Southend Timeline says...

If you missed the event I have just uploaded a video of the opening to the Southend Timeline you can view it by following this link to the Southend Timeline:

http://www.southendt
imeline.com/2012.htm


Please note that the video will be avalabe for a short time only.
If you missed the event I have just uploaded a video of the opening to the Southend Timeline you can view it by following this link to the Southend Timeline: http://www.southendt imeline.com/2012.htm Please note that the video will be avalabe for a short time only. Southend Timeline
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