A beautiful sunset was beginning to form (around 3pm in the afternoon!), so I hopped into my car to check our Thetford Priory - which is just north of me. It's hard to imagine that this sprawling mass of rubble and masonry was once one of the most important places in medieval East Anglia. Founded in 1103 by Hugh Bigod, it was one of the richest and largest priories in Norfolk. Like most of the larger monastic houses, Thetford Priory surrendered to Henry VIII in 1540 and was closed down. The priors house was lived in by private owners for the next 200 years, but by the 1820s it was a ruin. The whole site fell victim to decay, and much of the groundwork was used for local building projects. Today it is owned and operated by English Heritage.