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Prior's Court
Chieveley, Berkshire

This is the manor house of Curridge in the parish of Chieveley, so named because it was owned by Poughley Priory in Chaddleworth and here the monks held their local court. After the Dissolution, it passed into secular hands and was, for a time, one of the many manors owned by the ubiquitous Fettiplace family. It is a Georgian house of seven bays, built in the late 18th century. Most recently it was opened in 1999 as a school for autistic children by Dame Stephanie Shirley. The house contains some 14th century stained glass showing monkeys playing musical instruments.

Prior's Court is now the home of the Priorís Court Foundation, a charity dedicated to the care, education and training of young people with autism.
   

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