The Crutched Friars, Caring for the sick & St John’s Priory

St John’s Priory is located on the outskirts of Trim in county Meath. It was founded 1202 by Bishop Simon deRochfort and was was occupied by a branch of monks called ‘The Crutched Friars’ named after the wooden staffs that were topped by a cross that they carried. These hospitals were built similar to all Augustinian monasteries but had special facilities to care for the sick. The remains include a church with a nave and chancel and a large three-light window on the east wall. There is also the remnants of a 16th century wall which still has has small turret on the corner. The priory was dissolved in 1540 by Henry VIII and after the reformation the building were re-used for a private residence. Just across the bridge is Regan’s that claims to be one of the oldest pubs in Ireland…definitely worth stopping for one!