Gisborough Priory

The distinctive arch of Gisborough Priory somehow survived Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540. The priory had been founded in 1119 and became very wealthy. There is reputed to be a secret tunnel from the priory to Tocketts a field which was used by the monks for extramural activities. A chest of gold was stored in the tunnel and used to pay for said activities. It was guarded by the devil in disguise as a large raven and every year, at midnight on the first new moon, the ghost of a monk walks the grounds to check that the treasure is safe.

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