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The Priory, Priory Road, Warwick

The Priory is a former mansion in Priory Park, on the site of the County Records Office.

It was built around 1566 by Thomas Fisher on the site of the Priory of St Sepulchre, which he demolished to create space.[1] The house was demolished in 1926 by Alexander Wilbourne Weddell, an American diplomat who used much of the stone and other materials for the building of Virginia House in 1928.[2]

The estate was purchased from the Wise family in 1850 by the Great Western Railway Company, who constructed a railway line through it, running between the house and the pools. After remaining unoccupied for several years (except for caretakers) the estate was sold to Mr Scott of Birmingham.[3]

It changed hands again in 1865, being bought by Mr Thomas Lloyd. By 1904 it belonged to his grandson, Mr T. O. Lloyd, of Budbrooke House.[4]

Lodge

The lodge was constructed by Mr Scott of Birmingham.[5]

Gates formally stood at the top of The Butts (on the site of today's Police Station).[6]
References

1: Warwick in Times Past. P.J.E. Gates. Page 30.
2: Warwick in Times Past. P.J.E. Gates. Page 31.
3: A History of Warwick and its People by Thomas Kemp. Published 1905 by Henry T. Cooke & Son. Page 202
4: A History of Warwick and its People by Thomas Kemp. Published 1905 by Henry T. Cooke & Son. Page 203
5: A History of Warwick and its People by Thomas Kemp. Published 1905 by Henry T. Cooke & Son. Page 203
6: A 1907 photo of the gates can be found in "Warwick in old picture postcards" by Rosemary Booth (1983).

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