Annual pilgrimage to Beauvale Priory

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More than 400 people joined the annual pilgrimage to Beauvale Priory last weekend.

School children joined Rev Father Gerald Murphy for the pilgrimage from St Mary’s Church Greasley up to the priory ruins at Beauvale Abbey Farm.

Once at the ruins, a mass was held in honour of St John Houghton and St Robert Lawrence who had both been Priors of the Abbey.

Gordon Butler who joined the pilgrimage said: “It was wonderful and we were blessed with glorious weather.”

Pupils from the Priory Catholic Academy at Hill Top and St John Houghton Academy in Ilkeston led the parade and took part in the service which was led by Rev Father Murphy, the parish priest of our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Bulwell. Parishioners from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Hill Top joined in the pilgrimage.

Owners of the farm Tony and Ann Whyte have recently turned the ruins into a tourist attraction.

Monks lived on the site for 200 years and were all buried in what is now the couple’s orchard.

Remains of the monks houses underground are evident in the uneven surface to the field around the Carthusian Priory, which dates back to the 1300s.

John Houghton and St Robert Lawrence were the first two martyrs of the English reformation and were executed by being hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in London on 4th May 1535.