Visiting English Heritage sites – Lanercost Priory

The day we went to Lanercost Priory was the Saturday following our visit to Wordsworth House and garden.  The weather was much brighter, which added to our enjoyment and to the opportunities for taking photos.  There were yellow bicycles along those parts of our route, which coincided with the rout of the recent Tour of Britain cycle race.

We ignored the SatNav’s instructions and followed the signposts to a large car park.  We had taken a picnic lunch with us, but there is a café adjacent to the car park.  There are also some interesting-looking footpaths nearby – perhaps next time!

The Priory is partly run by English Heritage, whose staff are helpful and knowledgeable.  The remainder is in good repair and is in use as the parish church. It has an unusual clear glass East window, giving views of the ruins beyond.  We visited the ruins first.

The remaining stonework had similar features to some at Furness Abbey and at St Bees Priory Church, which like Lanercost Priory is the site of a former monastery with a well-loved parish church.  Little remains of the monastic buildings at St Bees.  The stones have been reused elsewhere in the locality.  However the history is fairly well documented.

The stones used to build Lanercost Priory had been quarried (recycled) from Hadrian’s Wall, which is not far away.  We made a detour to it before returning home.

So here are the photos.

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