A community has been left devastated after a fire destroyed a “beautiful” medieval barn of historic importance. The building, at the site of St Bartholomew’s Priory, in Clermont Avenue, Sudbury, has been completely lost following the blaze at about 8.50pm on Tuesday.
St Bartholomew’s Priory, which is Grade-II listed, is believed to have been the only complete priory in the whole of the county, consisting of the barn, the chapel and the house. The thatched barn, with oak beams, dated back to the 14th Century.
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