Pictures of England Pictures of England

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England

Over 150,000 photos of England
22,000+ members
Click here to join the community

Pictures of St. Osyth Priory

in the town of Brightlingsea, in the county of Essex


Take a picture tour of St. Osyth Priory..

About St. Osyth Priory

The ruins of St.Osyth's Priory are the most picturesque and impressive range of monastic buildings in Essex. The priory dates largely from the 12th-century, standing in a beautiful location at a meeting point of the rivers Stour and Blackwater, close to a waterside village of immense charm.

There are a couple of legends surrounding St. Osyth, one is that she was the wife of a 7th-century East Anglican King who was beheaded by the Danes in AD 653, the other is that it was Osyth herself who was martyred. It is said that as abbess of the Priory, she was captured by the Danes, taken to a nearby wood and when she refused to worship their gods, they cut off her head.

The Priory has an illustrious history, the estate was purchased from Edward VI by Sir Thomas Darcy in the same year that he was created Lord Darcy of Chich. On his death the estate passed to his son who entertained Queen Elizabeth I. At a later date, the Priory passed into the hands of the Savage family, but they chose not to live there. Half way through the 18th century the Earl of Rochford began to live there, he made notable alterations, particularly to the landscape of the surrounding park in which he planted trees brought back from Lombardy, France.

When he went to inspect the camp at Colchester, George III stayed at The Priory as guest of the fourth earl. He must have enjoyed his visit for he later presented the earl with two exquisite paintings of himself and Queen Charlotte in their coronation robes. Other Royalty and members of the aristocracy visited.

Dappled by the fading summer sun, and set amidst stunning parkland, it is easy to see what a glorious building this must have been. The magnificent Tower gateway has rich tracery, niches and is covered in ornaments. The three ancient towers, rise up dwarfing other parts of the buildings to form a landmark seen from the sea. These beautifully preserved romantic ruins posses a aura of magic, and no matter which of the legends concerning St.Osyth you choose to believe, they remain unequalled in their splendour,
and are well worth seeing.

Please upload your photos of St. Osyth Priory or see below for towns & villages near St. Osyth Priory and a list of other nearby attractions to visit.

Planning a visit? We have thousands of Hotels and Holiday Cottages to choose from at highly competetive rates when booked through the Pictures of England website. Click here for accommodation near St. Osyth Priory

Add attraction to favourites


Submit a history of St. Osyth Priory

Recommended towns & villages near St. Osyth Priory

St Osyth in the snow 2009

St Osyth (35 Pictures)

(0.3 miles, 0.5 km)

The village is noted for its medieval Priory, a Grade I listed building which started life as a foundation for Augustinian Canons around 1127, it later became an abbey which was eventually dissolved in 1539...

Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea (28 Pictures)

(2.3 miles, 3.7 km, direction NW)

A medieval port on the Colne estuary, Brightlingsea was once an associate member of the Cinque Ports. The history of the town goes back to Roman times and it's industry has always been linked to the sea...

Underneath Clacton Pier

Clacton-on-Sea (88 Pictures)

(3.4 miles, 5.4 km, direction E)

Clacton-on-Sea is a fine Victorian resort that offers visitors and enjoyable and jolly time...

Frinton on Sea station, Essex

Frinton-on-Sea (11 Pictures)

(7.9 miles, 12.7 km, direction E)

Frinton, is a sedate area which retains a refined atmosphere and many gracious Victorian properties from when the then small seaside village was developed as a resort in the 1860's by Sir Richard Cooker...

Greenstead Church, said to be the world's oldest wooden building, in Greenstead, England

Greenstead (1 Pictures)

(8.5 miles, 13.6 km, direction NW)

Greenstead Church is said to be the oldest wooden building in the world. Well worth a visit....

All towns in Essex
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Recommended attractions near St. Osyth Priory

Beth Chatto Gardens, May 2001

Beth Chatto Gardens (22 Pictures)

(6.2 miles, 10.0 km, direction NW)

..

St Peter-on-the-wall. 7th century Saxon church still in use. Bradwell on Sea, Essex

Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall (8 Pictures)

(7.3 miles, 11.8 km, direction SW)

..

St. Botolphs Priory in Colchester

St. Botolph's Priory (3 Pictures)

(9.2 miles, 14.9 km, direction NW)

..

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle (21 Pictures)

(9.5 miles, 15.3 km, direction NW)

Colchester is an ancient town situated on the site where a Roman city once stood. It is most famous for its massive Norman.....

The historic Light house tower (The Naze Tower) from the beach at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

The Naze Tower (3 Pictures)

(10.2 miles, 16.4 km, direction NE)

Built above colourful fossil rich cliffs by Trinity House in 1721, the Naze Tower rises 85 feet into the air and affords visitors.....


All attractions in Essex
Complete A to Z of attractions in England

Hotels near St. Osyth Priory

Hotels near St. Osyth Priory  Cottages near St. Osyth Priory  Bed & Breakfast near St. Osyth Priory

Meadowview Cottage in Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Meadowview Cottage

Brightlingsea, Essex, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Meadowview Cottage is a holiday home with a garden, set in Brightlingsea. The property is 38 km from Southend-on-Sea and free private parking is offered. There is a dining area and a kitchen. Towels ...
More info and book online..  Price from £187.00

Peartree Cottage in Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Peartree Cottage

Brightlingsea, Essex, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Located in Brightlingsea in the Essex Region, this holiday home is 38 km from Southend-on-Sea. The property is 29 km from Ipswich and free private parking is featured. The kitchen comes with an oven ...
More info and book online..  Price from £187.00

Appletree Cottage in Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Appletree Cottage

Brightlingsea, Essex, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Situated in Brightlingsea, this holiday home is located 38 km from Southend-on-Sea. The property boasts views of the garden and is 29 km from Ipswich. An oven, a toaster and a refrigerator can be fou...
More info and book online..  Price from £187.00

Orchard Cottage in Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Orchard Cottage

Brightlingsea, Essex, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Orchard Cottage is a holiday home situated in Brightlingsea, 38 km from Southend-on-Sea. The property is 29 km from Ipswich and features views of the garden. The kitchen is fitted with an oven. A TV ...
More info and book online..  Price from £138.00

Dairy Cottage in Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Dairy Cottage

Brightlingsea, Essex, England (0.2 miles, 0.2 km)
Located in Brightlingsea, this holiday home is situated 38 km from Southend-on-Sea. The unit is 29 km from Ipswich. The kitchen is equipped with an oven. A TV is offered. There is a private bathroom ...
More info and book online..  Price from £138.00


All Accommodation near St. Osyth Priory..

St. Osyth Priory Reviews

See all St. Osyth Priory reviews..

Please login to make a review