The monks of West Acre surrendered the priory at the time of the reformation by Henry VIII and in return received pensions for life. As with the monks at Castle Acre, who used to receive a good revenue from charging pilgrims to view holy relics, the convent at West Acre claimed that they had a piece of St. Andrew's finger which was set in silver.
Not much remains of this Priory, unlike the ruins at the larger village of Castle Acre and they are located on private land.
One mile from West Acre is the West Acre Garden's Nursery a specialist plant nursery with display gardens set in an unusual o-shaped walled garden.
The gardens are full of interesting and
unusual plants from around the world, many rarely seen, with colour all
year round. As well as the usual herbaceous/shrubs beds, there are
grasses, bamboos and shade areas. Seats are situated around the gardens,
so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.
The market town of Swaffham with its famous open air market and good range of shops is close by. Swaffham was a fashionable place in Georgian times and much of the architecture you see in the town comes from that period, though the town is much older than that.
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