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The Great Priory of Lenton, one of numerous monastic foundations which arose in this country shortly after the Norman Conquest, was one of those one-hundred-and-fifty religious houses erected during the reign of Henry I. It belonged to the Cluniac Order of Monks, was founded by William Peverel who built Nottingham Castle and who amply endowed the Priory so that it rose to a position of great wealth. Although the exact year when the Charter was granted is not known there is sufficient evidence to suggest it took place between the years 1103 and 1108, and was confirmed by King Henry I. After the dissolution of the Great Priory in Henry the 8th's time, the parish alter, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity, was transferred to the hospital chapel of St. Anthony which stood in the grounds of the Great Priory and thus became the Lenton Parish Church, having its dedication changed to that of the Holy Trinity. A new and wider nave was added to the old chapel, also a new roof. This building served the needs of the Parish until it was obvious that the growing population which was settling around the factories being developed in the New Lenton area required a larger church and one nearer to their homes. In any case the old church was again needing major repairs. With the new Parish Church arising the old one was left partially demolished for almost forty years, although Divine Service continued to be conducted for some time in the Chancel which was fitted with plain wooden benches. Work on the restoration of the old church commenced on 22nd November 1883 a memorial stone was laid by the Lady of the Manor, Mrs. J. Sherwin Gregory, consecrated by Christopher Bishop of Lincoln, being dedicated the following year to the Church of St. Anthony, commonly known as the Priory Church.