About us

The oldest part of Priory House, the vaulted undercroft, and the exhibition room above it, is a typical two-storey Norman stone house of the late 12th century, according to the architectural historians. Intriguingly, though there are various theories about it, no record has been found of who built it, or for what purpose, but it is one of the oldest buildings in the county.

Priory Gardens are situated adjacent to the Priory Church of St. Peter and Priory House.
The Gardens form part of a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the area has a rich and varied history.

Priory House and Gardens are regularly used for a variety of events such as walks, talks, and demonstrations, run by different organisations. You can see a list of the events on the Town Council website: www.dunstable.gov.uk

The aim of the Friends is to support, promote and fund raise for this unique Grade II listed building and its beautiful surroundings.
You can become involved in many ways from becoming an active member of the committee to volunteering to help with activities and workshops, assisting in organising fundraising events, or helping with projects and planting in the gardens.
Another option is to simply make regular financial contributions.

Early in 2013 we heard that we were succesful in securing a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and protect the Tudor wall paintings on display in Priory House. Coupled with this will be events such as a talk on the Art History of the paintings by the leading art historian, Dr. Andrea Kirkham; a fascinating talk on the history of clay pipes, by Dr. Susie White; a Tudor Weekend which will include an Elizabethan painters and stainers workshop and displays by a Tudor re-enactment group. Details of these activities will be posted on our Forthcoming Events page as they become finalised.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, the HLF invest in every part of the UK's diverse heritage. The HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.7billion across the UK, including over £334million to more than 3,120 projects in the East of England. Website: www.hlf.org.uk.