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Religious House

Mediæval 1066 to 1540

Religious Houses refer to both the buildings and to the communities within them. It may take a different form depending on its history or location. Institutions for both sexes may have been known as priories (under a prior/prioress) or abbeys (under an abbot/abbess), or nunneries if they housed only women. Monasteries followed the 6th-century Rule of St. Benedict which provided regulations on daily life. The dissolution of the monasteries from the mid-1530s closed every religious house in England.

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St Michael's Mount

Joined to the land by a narrow causeway exposed by low tide for just a few hours each day, the dramatic granite outcrop of St Michael’s Mount dominates the eastern end of Mounts Bay.

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