Lanercost Priory

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Lanercost Priory in the sunlight (©Dave Willis)The tranquil setting of Lanercost Priory today belies its turbulent history. Founded by Augustinian canons in 1169, the priory suffered numerous devastating Scottish raids, including one led by Robert the Bruce.

Sited in the beautiful valley of the River Irthing, the priory had access to running water and to Hadrian's Wall, which provided much stonework for the buildings. Unfortunately, the priory was also close to the Scottish border which made it a target for attack. In 1306 Edward I stayed here during his campaign to bring Scotland under English rule, but the expense of looking after the king and his retinue for five months severely depleted the priory's coffers.

In the aftermath of the Dissolution of the Monasteries Act, much of the priory was destroyed but the nave was retained to become the parish church (open during daylight hours).

The Priory ruins, under the guardianship of English Heritage, are open to the public at a charge.

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Contact

Address:
Lanercost Priory
Lanercost
Brampton
Cumbria
CA8 2HQ

Phone:
01697 73030

Email:
customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Website:
www.english-heritage.org.uk
Lanercost Priory entrance way (©D&H Photographers)