Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, situated in the heart of Runcorn, stands as a cherished landmark of Halton. With a history dating back to its establishment in 1134, it holds the distinction of being Europe's most excavated monastic site. The mediaeval priory ruins offer a captivating glimpse into the past, complemented by artefacts showcased in the museum that narrate its 900-year journey. The site's ties to influential families like the Duttons and Brookes underscore its significance in the region's narrative. Visitors can explore its treasures, including the striking St Christopher statue and the serene woodland walks, as well as the Georgian Walled Garden, which houses the National Collection of Tree Quince. Operated by The Norton Priory Museum Trust Limited, this cultural haven endeavours to preserve and celebrate its heritage, offering amenities such as free parking, a gift shop, and the inviting Brooke Café.
While Gaia undoubtedly inspired some, the myriad hidden wonders of Norton Priory drew the sketchers to explore its various nooks and crannies. Fifteen individuals participated in the event, contributing to the development of a vibrant and welcoming community. Hazlehurst Urban Sketchers is really becoming a lovely group and we thank Norton Priory for being such marvellous hosts.
Our next upcoming meetup is scheduled for tomorrow at Hazlehurst Studios. We apologise for the short notice, as February seemed to sneak up on us! Link to book