Priory and brewhouse excavation tell story of monks' lives

The land under social services and government buildings in Bicester, England once belonged to a community of monks who worked the land and may have partaken of as much as "10 pints of beer a week."

The discovery of large buildings, including a brewhouse and the choir and transept parts of the former priory were found during an archaeological investigation of the site of St Edburg’s House nursing home. The priory built in 1182 and was destroyed during Henry VIII's dissolution of monasteries.