Merton Priory Chapter House

Merton Priory Chapter House The Chapter House is a temporary museum which houses the ruins of the Chapter House of Merton Priory. https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=merton+priory+chapt
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The Chapter House is a museum which houses the ruins of the Chapter House of Merton Priory.

Operating as usual

13/06/2020

After a successful 2019, during which we received over 3,500 visitors to the newly refurbished Chapter House, held a number of events and carried out a programme of group and school visits, we had planned to open again in 2020.

We regret, however, that like so many museums and venues the Chapter House has to remain closed for the present owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

At present we do not anticipate re-opening in 2020, but the closure will give us the opportunity to continue with improvement works to the interior, which will include plumbing and electrical services and completing the paving of the internal space. We have been fortunate to obtain a grant for this work from the London Borough of Merton Community Infrastructure Levy, with the object of creating within the museum a local venue and performance space for drama, educational activity and community events.

We aim to re-open the Chapter House with this work completed in April 2022.

25/03/2020

Due to the recent restrictions due to COVID-19 we will be postponing any events and visits until it is safe to do so. We'll update our website and page here when we have more news from Public Health England. Stay safe and look after each other.

There are only two Sunday open days left until we shut for the winter and Phase 2 of our building works begins. If you’v...
20/10/2019
2019 Sunday Opening Times - Merton Priory

There are only two Sunday open days left until we shut for the winter and Phase 2 of our building works begins. If you’ve missed out so far here’s your final chance to visit this year! #museums2019 #History #localheritage

Spring is finally here and we have regular Sunday opening times confirmed. We will be open on Sundays from 28th April – October 27th 2019 from 11am to 4pm. We just hope the weather holds out for every day we’re open. Please keep an eye out for any special events on the What’s On section …Rea...

17/05/2019

Some classical music to send you to a special place tonight. Evening all.

Just getting ready for John’s 77th birthday party. A fitting setting for someone who’s worked over 30 years on this proj...
17/05/2019

Just getting ready for John’s 77th birthday party. A fitting setting for someone who’s worked over 30 years on this project. ❣

Merry Christmas everyone! If you wanted to know how the Monks and Tudors would have celebrated in the 15th Century, this...
30/12/2018
Tudor Monastery Farm - Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! If you wanted to know how the Monks and Tudors would have celebrated in the 15th Century, this BBC programme will shed some light.

The team recreate a Tudor christmas, which featured 12 days of celebrations and feasts.

26/10/2018

Sunday will be the last open day event of the year until we finish the final Phase One works and reopen in the Spring. If you haven't been to see us yet. Tomorrow is your last chance this year.

30/09/2018

Lovely to see so many new faces today. If you like what we’re doing. Please like and share. If you don’t like what we’re doing. Please tell your enemies. 😂

28/09/2018

We have two events this weekend. The Murder Mystery Night for the Mayor's sponsored charity fundraiser on Saturday and Open for Visitors on Sunday. Please see our new website for more details.

Thanks to everybody who visited on the first day of #openhouselondon We’ll be back tomorrow morning and hopefully the ra...
22/09/2018

Thanks to everybody who visited on the first day of #openhouselondon We’ll be back tomorrow morning and hopefully the rain will stop. #madeinmerton #history #heritage

Merton Priory Chapter House's cover photo
19/09/2018

Merton Priory Chapter House's cover photo

Some photos from the preview launch event on Saturday.
19/09/2018

Some photos from the preview launch event on Saturday.

Only 10 days to go until the #murdermystery night at the Chapter House.
19/09/2018

Only 10 days to go until the #murdermystery night at the Chapter House.

Case Noire is just 11 days away and the evidence is being collected for our detectives. Could you be the first to solve the murder of Leo Foreman?
£50 per player includes dinner, arrival drink and mystery!
Book via 02085453517.
#murdermystery #debut #exciting #comingsoon #historic #mertonpriory

Hope to see you all next weekend for Open House. The dry run went okay. 😆
15/09/2018

Hope to see you all next weekend for Open House. The dry run went okay. 😆

The launch of Merton Priory is complete. 200 people who were deeply involved met today and smashed the ball out of the P...
15/09/2018

The launch of Merton Priory is complete. 200 people who were deeply involved met today and smashed the ball out of the Park. #wandlepark #merton #wimbledon #mitcham #heritage #heritagelotteryfunded

Just getting ready for the grand opening next week.
15/09/2018

Just getting ready for the grand opening next week.

Looks like some interesting projects are afoot around the area. This is from South Wimbledon tube station in time for th...
17/08/2018

Looks like some interesting projects are afoot around the area. This is from South Wimbledon tube station in time for the Merton Arts Festival. Have a visit before it goes.

If you see something that looks like a) and not b) c) or d) around the town, drop us a message and we’ll see what we can...
30/07/2018

If you see something that looks like a) and not b) c) or d) around the town, drop us a message and we’ll see what we can do. 😉

New street signs. Thank you Merton Council.😊
14/07/2018

New street signs. Thank you Merton Council.😊

16/06/2018
Merton Priory - History Unearthed

What links a supermarket, the Magna Carta, St Barts Hospital, William the Conquerer, Parliament, a Roman road, Oxford University, Wimbledon and Henry VIII?
Produced by Bobbin Productions ; featuring John Hawks and Charlie Shakespeare. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. Please like and share!

If you’ve been past the Chapter House you’ve probably see the building work going on outside. The external work has now ...
08/06/2018

If you’ve been past the Chapter House you’ve probably see the building work going on outside. The external work has now been completed and yesterday evening John Hawks premiered a Heritage Lottery Funded educational video aimed at school children. We’ll be releasing the video very soon. Watch this space.

A very happy birthday to our vice chair of trustees. Mr John Hawks. Esq. Have a great one, John. We’ll see you at the gr...
25/05/2018
Historic site gets £400k for redevelopment

A very happy birthday to our vice chair of trustees. Mr John Hawks. Esq. Have a great one, John. We’ll see you at the grand opening. 🎂

New cash for Merton Priory in Colliers Wood, which played a vital role in the development of England’s legal and political system.

20/04/2018
Merton Abbey Sept 2016

Happy sunny Friday! Here's a video by "Train Boy and Granddad with Ellie" of a replica of how the train line from Wimbledon to Merton Abbey would have looked in the 1950s - which is where Metantun Way is now located.

Based on the line from Wimbledon through Merton Park to Merton Abbey circa 1950's. The O gauge end-to-end layout is 36 feet long and is in the form of a "U" ...

Did you know that the Chapter House and Abbey buildings were situated directly under the Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon l...
25/03/2018
London's Lost Railways 8 - Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon

Did you know that the Chapter House and Abbey buildings were situated directly under the Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon line? A former railway, with only the Haydons Road branch surviving today.

The Tooting, Merton and Wimbledon line is a former railway, with only the Haydons Road branch surviving today. We take a walk along the route to see what clu...

Are you a big fan of archaeology? Here's another Merton Abbey Mills trip down memory lane. This one is with Channel 4's ...
23/03/2018
Time Team S10-E06 Merton,.London

Are you a big fan of archaeology? Here's another Merton Abbey Mills trip down memory lane. This one is with Channel 4's Timeteam from 2002.

Tony Robinson and the team are hunting for Liberty's first factory in South London. 'Liberty silks' still evoke images of opulence and beauty, of floating dr...

A trip down memory lane with RussellGrant.com. Featuring our very own John Hawks (Vice-Chair of Trustees).
16/03/2018
RUSSELL GRANT'S POSTCARD FROM MERTON ABBEY MILLS (Channel 5, 1998)

A trip down memory lane with RussellGrant.com. Featuring our very own John Hawks (Vice-Chair of Trustees).

A museum piece in itself, as the area from the Mills to the Chapter House no longer exists and is covered with retail outlets. The small theatre shown here i...

The building of the new glass extension. The sacristy and cloister walls will be preserved in the floor and they can be ...
08/03/2018

The building of the new glass extension. The sacristy and cloister walls will be preserved in the floor and they can be seen running through the concrete wall

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Merton Abbey Mills
London
SW19 2RX

Opening Hours

Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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+442089464141

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Our History

The Chapter House is a museum and visitors centre which houses the foundations of the Chapter House of Merton Priory and tells the history of Merton from pre-history to the present day.

Prehistoric

In relation to the priory site, Bronze age ditches and a possible Iron age enclosure have been found to the east of Merton Abbey at Kings College Sports Ground suggesting that the area around the River Wandle and its floodplain was occupied over many centuries during the later prehistoric period.

Roman (AD43-410)

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Hello, do you have any 2020 opening plans?