NY5563 : Lanercost Priory Church, St Mary Magdalene

taken 7 years ago, near to Lanercost, Cumbria, Great Britain

Lanercost Priory Church, St Mary Magdalene
Lanercost Priory Church, St Mary Magdalene
The West Front of the Church (NY5563 : Lanercost Priory Church) is a fine example of early English architecture (ca 1200). A figure of the Patron Saint of the Priory, Saint Mary Magdalene stands in its niche alongside a (much smaller) figure of a canon or prior to the left.

The panels to either side of the statue display the coats of arms of Thomas, Lord Dacre to the left and (possibly) the priory itself to the right. At the top of the niche, on either side of the statue, are two carved stone heads, traditionally identified as King Edward I and Queen Eleanor.
Lanercost Priory
Lanercost Priory was founded sometime between 1165 and 1174 by Henry II. It was built using stones from Hadrian's Wall, nearby. When completed in 1220, canons came from the priory in Norfolk, and remained for some 370 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536, by Henry VIII.

After the Dissolution, the building passed to Thomas Dacre, who converted some of the buildings into private dwellings (now called the Dacre Hall). The north aisle of the Priory church continued in use as a parish church; it was reroofed and sympathetically restored in the nineteenth century and is still in use today.

The rest of the building fell into disrepair and, in 1929, the Priory ruins were put into public ownership, and today they are managed by English Heritage. There are the remains of the North and South Transepts, the Choir, the Sanctuary and the Cellarium

The remainder of the Priory, second only to Furness Abbey in interest as a ruin, is now in the hands of English Heritage.

LinkExternal link Lanercost Priory (English Heritage)
LinkExternal link Lanercost Priory Church (Visit Cumbria)
LinkExternal link Lanercost Priory (Wikipedia)
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Date Taken
Monday, 15 October, 2012   (more nearby)
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Monday, 22 October, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5557 6372 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:57.9668N 2:41.7295W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5556 6372
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