An Ancient Priory in Surrey.
The Priory was granted substantial lands "to the canons there serving God" in the late 12th Century by Rauld de Calva and his wife Beatrice de Sandes for the Augustian canons "to build a church" when Richard I reigned (1189-1199) so according with its Early English Gothic architecture, the present priory dates to then.It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and saint Thomas Becket in contemporary documents "Thomas the Martyr" and originally, the land where the church was built was called Aldbury. This gradually changed its name from Aldbury to Newark or the New Place (novo loco) of St. Thomas near Guildford,[3] at one point being called Newstead.

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