The St Osyth Priory Estate is comprised of a unique range of heritage buildings, environmental and ecological features. The buildings alone comprise 22 separate Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings and a number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments together with the registered park and garden.
The parkland is set adjacent to the River Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest which is an extensive wetland habitat of national and international importance for a wide range of wildfowl, invertebrates and salt marsh plant communities. It is also a County Wildlife Site containing a mosaic of historic ponds and avenues, woodland, reed bed and veteran trees combined with extensive wetland habitats which now provide complementary habitat for the birds and other wildlife using the estuarine marshes.
The St Osyth Priory Estate is of such significance as it has a social and cultural history dating back over 900 years with structures still in place from the monastic period and it is essential that it is preserved, restored and protected for the benefit of future generations.
We are pleased to announce that planning consent was granted in November 2016 to develop newly built homes in the West Field and The Park at St Osyth Priory.
As part of the plans we have been granted permission to restore and convert the Tithe Barn into a Visitor Centre/Wedding Venue. Further to this, we will also be restoring and converting The White Hart Public House into restaurant/pub with holiday accommodation.
These developments will directly fund the restoration of the key historic buildings at The Priory – which has already started - and the creation the St Osyth Priory and Parish Trust that will work towards attracting grant funding to restore the Abbotts Tower and facilitate the public access to the Priory estate.