NY5563 : The altar, Lanercost Priory Church

taken 5 years ago, near to Lanercost, Cumbria, Great Britain

The altar, Lanercost Priory Church
The altar, Lanercost Priory Church
The parish church of St Mary Magdalene occupies part of the original priory church, most of which fell into decay after the dissolution of the monasteries. The nave was re-roofed and restored around 1740, and it was separated from the ruins by the wall and window seen here.
Behind the altar is an ornamental wall hanging, or dossal. It was commissioned by George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, and designed by William Morris. The woollen cloth was embroidered by ladies of the parish, a task which took five years, and was hung in 1887. At the beginning of the 21st century the dossal was deteriorating due to its age and environment. Funds were raised by parishioners and from the Heritage Lottery Fund to have the dossal restored, and the prized embroidery was rehung in 2013.
See the church website LinkExternal link for detailed information about the priory and the dossal.
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Person (from Tags)
William Morris 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5560 6372 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.9669N 2:41.7014W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5560 6372
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Lanercost Priory  Parish Church  Church Altar  Dossal  Listed Building Grade I 

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