Friends’ backing for heritage site

The Priory Gateway
The Priory Gateway

The Friends of Priory House and Gardens are supporting the work being done to conserve the 800-year-old Priory Gardens Gateway in Dunstable.

Urgent temporary work has been completed and a permanent solution to securing the structure next to Priory Church will be started as soon as the weather permits.

Most remaining remnants of Dunstable’s Augustinian monastery now lie hidden under the turf of Priory Gardens, but the wall and arch now known as the Priory Gateway is still visible.

The structure has become dangerous in recent years and huge efforts to restore it are being led by Dunstable Town Council, with support from the Central Beds Council archaeologists.

The plan is to apply for a Heritage Lottery Grant to cover the cost.

The gateway is an important part of the overall heritage site consisting of the church, gardens and Priory House.

Meanwhile, there were 43 guests at the unveiling of the historic wall paintings in Priory House. All were impressed seeing the work done to conserve this piece of Dunstable’s history.

The Friends are holding a wine tasting (Around The World In Eight Wines) will be held in Priory House on Friday, April 25 at 7 for 7.30pm.

There will be a light-hearted talk the following Friday, May 2, at 6.30pm, ‘Put It In Your Pipe And Smoke It’ about clay pipes (one featured in the wall paintings) – also in Priory House.

For further information about these events or the Friends, email

Schools and other groups are particularly encouraged to liaise with the Friends and take advantage of the educational packages ‘Learning From The Past’ based on the Tudor Wall Paintings, Priory Church, Priory Gardens and Priory House.