St James Priory, dating from 1129, is Grade I Listed and is of exceptional historic and architectural interest. The site is home to The St James Priory Project, a Charitable Trust that offers support and treatment for people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
In 2004 the building was in very bad condition and consequently was on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.
In 2008, The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded The St James Priory Project a £3.2m grant to conserve and develop the building.
The scheme, completed in 2011, includes new meeting rooms, café and visitor facilities, interpretation areas, and access improvements.