posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 06:51 AM
Originally posted by Rising Against
If there is something in this, why on earth did it take until now for it to be confirmed? I'd be curious to know when the carpark was built exactly
as well, and by who (particularly when the R was marked). But anyway, fascinating subject, and not one I know a great deal about admittedly, but I
really enjoyed watching.
A rough, blow by blow account of the site:
Henry VIII begins the dissolution of the Monasteries between 1536 and 1541. The original priory and Church are destroyed and most of the material
recycled into other buildings.
The site is then taken over by Sir Robert Catlyn, who sold it to Robert Herrick, who built a large house over the whole area in the middle 16th
In 1711 the house is sold to a Thomas Noble by the Herrick family, who built a road through the site and then sold of the remaining land piecemeal as
smaller plots. The Mansion and the grounds themselves were sold off again to a banker called Thomas Pares in 1776. He built a bank and other
During the 19th century, the various buildings were bought up by the Council with the intention of building their new town hall, but they changed the
location and, over the years, converted the buildings to their current use.
Interestingly, during all this development, the Church itself lay within the garden area of the manor house and subsequent other buildings, so went
500 years with almost no disturbance prior to the building of the car park in the 20th century...