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The Parish of Christchurch. Christchurch Priory, St George at Jumpers, St John at Purewell

Time Line

Last updated Thursday, 9 February, 2012

c.634 Birinus landed in Wessex (Anglo-Saxon Chronicles).
7th /8th cent. First Saxon church built at Twynham.
1086 A Priory of 24 secular canons recorded in Domesday Book.
1094 Building of church commenced by Ranulf (Ralph) Flambard.
c.1100-1135 Roof partly completed. Transepts built.
c. 1145 Nave roofed at Triforium height.
1150 Prior Reginald appointed as first Prior and a community of Augustinian Canons Regular were established.
c. 1200 Aisles vaulted.
1210 Oldest Misericord seat carved.
1214 Nave Altar consecrated.
1290 Clerestory completed and roof raised. North Porch started.
1320 Quire screen carved.
1360 Jesse screen (reredos) carved.
1370 Two King's Head bells cast.
1390 Lady Chapel commenced.
c. 1420 Central tower collapsed or taken down
1460 Tomb of Sir John and Lady Chidiock installed in North Transept
1480 West Tower added.
1486 Berkeley Chantry built.
1502 - 1520 Great Quire rebuilt by Prior William Eyre.
1520 Prior John Draper elected.
1539 Priory surrendered to King Henry VIII and monastic buildings destroyed (The Dissolution).
1549 (Oct 23) Church granted to town's inhabitants and churchwardens as their parish church in perpetuity.
1552 Prior Draper died.
1662 Grammar School established in St. Michael's Loft
1788 An organ placed on top of Quire Screen. (Gustavus Brander Bequest).
1828 Grammar School ceased but Vicar's Academy continued in St. Michael's Loft (until 1869).

Church school established in the town.
1848 Organ moved from screen to South Transept gallery
1854 Shelley Monument installed.
1865 Rebuild of organ by Father Willis.
1867 Church School moved to Wick Lane.
1869 School in Priory closed.
1910-1912 Galleries removed from North and South Transepts.
1934 Electric lighting installed.
1973 Coal-burning stoves replaced with new gas-heating system.

New electronic organ installed.
1981 Cloister Way built. St Michael's Loft opened as a museum.
1996 - 1998 Seven stained glass windows installed in Cloister Way depicting the history of the Priory.
1999 New pipe organ installed (Nicholsons). Made possible by an appeal and an Arts Council grant from the Capital Lottery Fund.

Installation of Ninth Centenary Window in North Transept (Jane Gray).