Burford Priory stands on the site of a 13th century Augustinian hospital. In the 1580s an Elizabethan house was built incorporating remnants of the priory hospital. In the 17th century it was remodelled in Jacobean style, probably after 1637 when the estate had been bought by William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons in the Long Parliament. The house and later the chapel were restored for the philanthropist Emslie John Horniman, M.P., after 1912, by the architect Walter Godfrey. It contains much interesting work of that period.
From 1949, Burford Priory housed The Society of the Salutation of Our Lady, a community of Church of England nuns. In the 1980s, its numbers dwindled so in 1987 it became a mixed community including Church of England Benedictine monks. In 2008, the community sold the property and it has now returned to being a private house.
I was asked to give advice on the use of paint colour in the house. A colour plan was produced indicating the appropriate use of colour on the ground floor.
A short slideshow can be seen here:
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