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Enroute to Northumberland we decided to take a look at Lanercost Priory. Not far from Hadrian's Wall, it's situated in north Cumbria, near Brampton.
It was founded in 1166 by Henry II and completed in 1220. Being as close to Hadrian's Wall as it was, the priory suffered from frequent raids. By 1538 it had ceased being a monastery and was dissolved by Henry VIII after the dissolution. Some of the priory was turned into a private residential farm. The rest slowly crumbled away until 1740 when it was decided to restore the nave and use it as the parish church. It is still used today and is open to the public, free of charge
The ruins of the priory, behind the church, are not free and are owned by English Heritage. A fee must be paid to view these, although we discovered that the scant remains were easily viewed, at no cost, by walking round the grave yard where you can see the remains quite easily. Apparently, there is an audio tour available from the gift shop if you are really into these sort of things.
We found the church beautifully peaceful and the wooden ceiling was most impressive.
Directions: There is a carpark through the old gatehouse. We weren't sure we could fit through the arch in the motorhome so parked in the ample bus stop just opposite.
South of Lanercost on a very minor road, 2 miles north east of Brampton.
Phone: 01697 73030
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