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18. Lanercost Priory, Cumbria

Church of St Mary Magdalene

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Lanercost Priory - the ruins


Lanercost Priory was founded by Robert de Vaux between 1165 and 1174 to house Augustinian Canons. It is situated at the village of Lanercost, Cumbria, England, within sight of Naworth Castle, with which it long had close connections. The ruins are open to the public and taken care of by English Heritage. the original nave is still used as the parish church - the Church of St Mary Magdalene.

View of Lanercost Priory across the fields from the south.

 

Access for Lanercost Holiday Houses - Howard House, De-Brotherton House and Greystoke House

and a distant view of the Church of St Mary Magdalene

 

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Lanercost Priory: From left to right - good car park, farm shop and gift shop, nice cafe, vicarage, priory and working church, fascinating medieval priory ruins of attractive red sandstone, cosy farmhouse bed and breakfast set in tranquil rural surroundings.

 

 

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Some fine vaulting of Lanercost Priory is still visible.

 

Much of the priory was built of red sandstone.

 

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Lanercost Priory: A finely carved tombstone

 

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Lanercost Priory: Roman altar stones

 

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Lanercost Priory: The west range is used as the Parish Rooms.

 

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Lanercost Priory: west range

 

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Lanercost Priory: Remains of medieval wall paintings

 


The Church of St Mary Magdalene

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Lanercost Priory: View through the garth gate

 

Most of what you see from this view is Church of St Mary Magdalene

 

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The statue of St Mary Magdalene, given by King Edward I, still survives in a niche high up on the west front.

 

 

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The priory has an unusual medieval stone carving called the Lanercost Cross with an inscription dating back to 1214. Originally the cross was set just outside the entrance to the church. Today, the stump of the cross remains, but the main shaft is housed inside the priory in the north-west corner.

 

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A dossal, an embroidered wall hanging, designed by William Morris in 1881, underwent restoration before being replaced behind the priory altar in 2014


Other buildings associated with Lanercost Priory

 

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Looks like an old fortified Pele tower?


Lanercost Priory Cafe and Shop

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Lanercost Priory: There is a very good gift shop, farm shop, comfortable cafe serving nice snacks, and set in a large lawn there is a lovely farmhouse for B&B

There is a cafe tea room and gift shop with illustrated displays of the history of the area

 


Other features near Lanercost Priory

Just down the road from Lanercost Priory is magnificent two arched (originally medieval) bridge, with later vaulted ribs underneath for added strength.

Lanercost Bridge, built in the 18th? century to replace several older medieval bridges.


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