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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Door prompt (2 photos)

This week’s Daily Post photographic prompt is a Door.  The first door I thought of snapping was the main door at Carlisle Cathedral.

Site of earlier doors at Carlisle Cathedral
Site of earlier doors at Carlisle Cathedral

It is currently hidden behind scaffolding covered with large posters, welcoming visitors.  I missed the opportunity while there were no people in front of it.  After lunch there was a crowd of people taking part in some kind of end of term ceremony.  I found a more interesting door-related subject.

West door at St Bees Priory
West door at St Bees Priory


Carlisle Cathedral is a red sandstone building.
The sandstone, which has been quarried for centuries in the vicinity of St Bees, is known as St Bees sandstone.  By contrast the main door at St Bees Priory is unobstructed.  The carved sandstone has been weathered by the prevailing westerly winds since Norman times.