Merton Priory

Merton Priory News

14 July 2010. The Evening Standard publishes an article about the Priory: 'Hidden History Under Sainsbury's Car Park' here.

26 June 2010 Lionel Green, author of A Priory Revealed (2005), the first major book on Merton Priory for a hundred years, died on Saturday 26 June 2010, following a heart attack. A Thanksgiving Service for his life was held at St. John's Church, North Holmwood, on Wednesday 7th July 20101 at 2pm. The Merton Priory Trust is enormously grateful for Lionel Green's passion and research and the way he shared this knowledge and enthusiasm with a wider audience, and offers condolences to his family and friends.

5-6 June 2010 Wandle Valley Festival 2010 - The Chapter House opening for the Wandle Valley Festival was very successful this year, again. We had large numbers coming through,  9 pages of Visitors Book completed, and universal praise for the opportunity to visit and the exhibits displayed. We took some photos, and they are uploaded to a photo album which can be seen here .
Dave Saxby’s archaeological digs remain a key feature – not only attracting children to the concepts of conservation of our history, but releasing their parents to look round our exhibits at leisure.  It is this holistic approach which seems to work best. It was particularly pleasing that the facility allowed for a rare and welcome visit to Merton of representatives from both Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, and the William Morris Gallery from Walthamstow.  Both groups were delighted with their 2 day stay in the Chapter House, juxtaposed as they were with the wonderful display created by William Morris House of Wimbledon, and Mary’s block printing demonstrations.

19 and 20 September 2009. The Chapter House open from 10am to 4pm as part of London Open House

6 and 7 June 2009 The Wandle Valley Festival. The Chapter House will be open to the public from 10am - 4pm.

14 May 2009. Update, Completion of the land transfer to LB Merton is expected soon, after 18 months consideration by the lawyers....

3rd May 2009 The annual service of Nones was held at the Chapter House.

4th May 2008 The annual service of Nones was held at Merton Priory Chapter House at 3pm.

December 2007. LB Merton are finalising the land transfer which will see ownership of the Chapter House site pass to London Borough of Merton, who will lease it to the Trust.

4 December 2007 - The Merton Priory Conservation and Management Plan was formally adopted by the Merton Priory Trust. This commits the Trust to implement the policies in the conservation plan and to review progress annually.

27 November 2007 - The Merton Priory Conservation and Management Plan was formally adopted by the London Borough of Merton. This commits the borough to the stringent policies for the preservation and enhancement of the site.

Open House Saturday 15 September 2007 and Sunday 16 September 2007 from 10am to 4pm. For an introductory leaflet click here.

6th June to 27th August 2007 at Merton Abbey Mills, London SW19 2RD. ABBEYFEST Various events in June and July centred around the Abbey Mills. See or phone 8542 5511

29 May 2007. David Saxby, the archaeologist who has lead the Museum of London’s excavations at Merton Priory since the 1970s launches his new authoritative monograph on the Priory’s archaeology: MoLAS publications:
The Augustinian priory of St. Mary Merton, Surrey: excavations 1976–90. Excavations at the priory of St. Mary Merton revealed much about the layout and development of this monastery from the 12th century to the Dissolution. Founded on its present site beside the Wandle river, c 7 miles south-west of London, in 1117, Merton was one of the most influential of all the English houses of regular canons, and was much favoured by Henry III. Of particular interest are the monastic infirmary complex – hall, chapel, cloister and ancillary buildings – and the large number (700+) of burials excavated from the external cemetery, church, cloister and chapter house. Authors/editors: Pat Miller, David Saxby Series: Monograph Series 34 Published by: MoLAS 2007 Pb Price: £27.95. You can order this title directly from MoLAS or through the Museum of London shop: MoLAS, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road London. N1 7ED. tel: +44 (0) 207 410 2224fax: +44 (0) 207 410 2201

May 2007 The annual service of Nones was held at Merton Priory Chapter House.

16, 17 September 2006. Open House at Merton priory Chapter House. More about the chapterhouse and opening times here.

11 September 2006. The Priory Conservation plan will be launched at the Chapter House at 6.30 pm.

July 2006. News update. Merton is in the  process of taking possession of the site from the developers, and the Merton Priory Trust will then have a long lease of the site under the freehold ownership of LB Merton. The conservation management plan has been issued and is still open for consultation, see
and will be launched in September 2006. Once this has been adopted a set of policies will be in place to ensure the preservation and enhancement of the priory remains. We must then decide whether to proceed with a  limited scheme using the funds available to us (approx £350K) or whether to apply for lottery grant for a more ambitious scheme.  In the mean time some small improvements will be taking place to the area.

May 2006. Barry Stow completes the draft Conservation Management Plan. This is now out to consultation until 14 July 2006. For the plan click here.

3 December 2005: A Priory Revealed by Lionel Green. The first major book in a hundred years on the Priory was published with the help of Merton Priory Trust. Price: £7.50 from the Merton Historical Society, tel 020 8540 6656 , and at the Wimbledon Museum, 22 Ridgway London SW19, 020 8296 9914.

December 2005. Works begin on the conservation of a section of the Priory wall in Station Road.

October 2005. Barry Stow, with Russ Canning and Fred Aldsworth are commissioned to carry out the Conservation Management Plan for Merton Priory.

Saturday 17 September 2005 and Sunday 18 September 2005 - the Chapter House (map) will be open as part of of London Open House from 10 am to 5pm,

A new edition of the Museum of London Archaeology Service booklet Merton Priory is now available. For more details click here.

Sunday 12 June 2005. 10.00am to 5.00pm Wandle Valley Festival - Merton Priory is a key site in this festival including arts health and history See There will be Children’s archaeology ‘digs’ and exhibition by staff from Museum of London and ‘Discovering Archaeology’. You can also have a go at traditional fabric hand block printing in the Chapter House

31 May 2005. At Merton council's request we are progressing the project as part of a borough wide museums and heritage plan, being carried out with the National Trust at Merton Hall, Groundwork Merton, SEA/Renue and others, to create a ribbon of museums/open spaces along this stretch of the Wandle, celebrating its industrial and sustainable-husbandry history. The leader of the council chaired a meeting on 20 May 2005 to set up this initiative, and we expect swift progress over the summer of 2005. Further news will be posted here.

1 May 2005 at 3pm an ecumenical service of Nones was held at the Chapter House, St. Mary's Priory. This was the eighth annual service in recent times celebrating the opening on the 3rd May 1117 of Merton Priory, a place of learning and practical Christianity for over 400 years.

12-13 June 2004 Wandle Valley Festival - Merton Priory See .
May 2004 Merton Priory Newsletter is available here

December 2003 - Merton Priory Trust Formed -
The Merton Priory Trust is formed out of the Merton Historic Buildings Trust.

October 2003 Interpretation Centre Moves Forward -
Merton Council is helping with establishing a new charitable trust to spearhead the plans to bring a new Interpretation Centre to the former site of Merton Priory. It follows the completion of a feasibility study carried out by the Continuum Group (the consultancy responsible for internationally renowned tourist attractions like the Jorvik Viking Centre in York) and funded by Countryside Properties and the Wandle Valley Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme, jointly funded by the London Borough of Merton and English Heritage. As a result of this study, we now have an idea of the overall scale of the project and potential construction and operating costs. The Trust will be making a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding towards the project which it is hoped will restore access to this important part of Merton's Heritage.

June and July 2001 Merton Priory Workshops.

October 2000 Urban Design Task Force Report - Wimbledon Civic Forum