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Pretty portal, indeed!!  "Richly decorated Norman arch at Norton Priory, Cheshire, England, early 13th century (Image © Wikimedia Commons)"

A highly decorated arched Norman doorway with a further, lower, arch beyond leading to a room with a window containing stained glass, Norton Priory, Cheshire

Norman arch from the cloisters into the church at Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire

Lilleshall Abbey ~ Shropshire, England ~ The highly decorated Norman processional arch from the cloisters into the church.

Elaborate Norman doorway of the west front of Saint Botolph's priory, Colchester, Essex, England

Elaborate Norman doorway, west front of Saint Botolph's priory, Colchester, Essex, England

Henry II (1154-89) Arguably one of the most effective Kings ever to wear the English crown and the first of the great Plantagenet dynasty, the future Henry II was born at Le Mans, Anjou on 5th March, 1133.

Henry II Arguably one of the most effective kings ever to wear the English crown and the first of the great Plantagenet dynasty, the future Henry II was born at Le Mans, Anjou on March,

12th century Newstead Abbey Cloister, Nottinghamshire, England. Ancestral home of Lord Byron

Newstead Abbey Cloister, Nottingham, England, dates from the century. Family seat of the Byron family

1845 Rare Large English Antique Engraving of west front and details of the Dunstable Priory Church in Bedfordshire, England.

1845 Rare Large English Antique Engraving of west front and details of the Dunstable Priory Church in Bedfordshire, England.

Inside St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The only circular Georgean Grade 1 Listed church in England

Inside St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The only circular Georgean Grade 1 Listed church in England

Shrewsbury Shropshire, Dynamic Range, Grade 1, United Kingdom, England Uk, England

Norman Arch, Norton Priory  Norton Priory dates from 1134 when the Augustinian monks moved here from Runcorn Priory. This Norman doorway survives from a period of expansion around 1200, although a large part of the priory was destroyed by fire in 1234 and rebuilt.

Outlying Areas: Halton, Norton, Daresbury and Moore

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Norton Priory Museum & Gardens Runcorn Accessible family friendly attraction with lots to see and do. 800 year old priory site, exciting sculpture trail and beautiful walled garden.

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