Visiting Castle Acre
William de Warenne and his wife, Gundreda – daughter of William the Conqueror, no less – were so impressed by the French monastery of Cluny that they brought the Cluniac order to England which resulted in the foundation of Castle Acre Priory in 1090. Along with Castle Acre Castle itself, this now small settlement was once very important and royalty would often be seen here. The monks claimed to have a priceless relic – the arm of St Philip in the reliquary. The present-day ruins are spectacular, and are looked after by English Heritage who have recreated a herb garden as it would have been in medieval times.
Extract taken From ‘Norfolk – Exploring the Land of Wide Skies’
by Stephen Browning and Daniel Tink