William Paston visits Bromholm Priory

In medieval times there were monasteries and priories throughout England. The monks who lived there followed strict rules of life and worship; the Paston family was associated with the Priory at Bromholm, near the village of Bacton. William Paston maintained the family's link and responsibilities, and we use his visit to explore religious life in medieval times.

The Paston Letters include several aspects of relations between the family and the Priory and a detailed account of the funeral of John Paston I, the son of William, who died in London and was brought to be buried at Bromholm with great ceremony. We'll be adding pupil and teacher materials to this page over the coming weeks.