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Cartmel Priory - The Priory Church of St Mary & St Michael Cartmel

The Gatehouse, Cartmel, is the only part of the priory left. It is a simple 14th century building with a high, slightly pointed, curved archway. The windows date from the 14th and 17th century. The gatehouse is part of the square which extended to the left as far as the priory church, but is cut in half by the river. The bridge divides the original square of Cartmel Priory in two.

 

The Cartmel Priory gatehouse there are some attractive houses in Cavendish Street and the Market Cross.

 

The village shop in Cartmel Priory.

 

The Kings Arms and Royal Oak pubs in Cartmel Priory's square.

 

The Priory Hotel and Cartmel Coffee cafe are also places for refreshment in Cartmel Priory.

 

The river and bridge dividing Cartmel Priory in two.

 

The fine18th century building in Cartmel Priory, a house with five bays with arched, keyed-in-windows and a doorway with a big segmental pediment.

 

The south door entrance to Cartmel Priory. Cartmel Priory was founded in 1188 by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, for Augustinian Canons and so is well over 800 years old, with continuous Christian worship from that time on. The priory church was spared at the Dissolution because it was the local parish church. For that reason Cartmel Priory retains much of its 14th century architecture and some late 12th century and 13th century architectural features.

 

Exterior sout view of Cartmel Priory: nave + south aisle, south door, tower + south transept, chancel + south choir aisle.

 

The south wall of the south transept and the curious angular pyramidal top of the tower (with clock).

 

Another general view of Cartmel Priory from the south graveyard.

 

The finely carved Norman south door inside the 17th century porch.

 

Restored medieval windows and doorway.

 

An old Norman window and a later medieval window, two different stones

 

The west end and great west window of Cartmel Priory.

 

Details of the south door carvings and the international sculpture "They fled by night" by Josefina de Vasconcellos

 

 

Some of the stained glass windows of Cartmel Priory.

 

Looking down the nave of Cartmel Priory towards the choir, chancel, altar and east window.

 

A reminder that Cartmel Priory was founded by the Norman knight William Marshall.

 

 

Above & below: Some wonderful high arches at the crossing of Cartmel Priory.

 

 

 

 

 

Some 'macarbre' and heraldic gravestones set into the floor of Cartmel Priory.

 

 

 

 

 

Two fine carved oak chairs in thechancel of Cartmel Priory.

 

Some aeraly curved 'Romanesque' arches and later pointed arches of an upper gallery.

 

 

 

Some fragments of medieval glass have survived in Cartmel Priory.

 

 

Looking into the nave from the south transept of Cartmel Priory.

 

An early Norman window and the entrance to the night stairs the monks would have used, both now blocked up in Cartmel Priory.

 

The great Norman arches below the tower in Cartmel Priory.

 

The sculpture of "St Michael' in Cartmel Priory by Josefina de Vasconcellos

 

The amazing carvings of the 15th century choir stalls of Cartmel Priory, with poppy heads and misericords.

 

Examples of the oak misericord in Cartmel Priory with all sorts of carved figures.

 

 

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