Lanercost Priory

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Lanercost Priory is situated about 12 miles east of Carlisle in northern England. The priory is normally visited by people also visiting Hadrian's Wall, as it is situated about 4 miles from Birdoswald Roman Fort, and the start of the main section of the wall that still remains.

There is a bridal path that leads between Lanercost Priory and the Hadrain's Wall Path, about half of a mile in distance, with good signs.

The image below is from the car park at the entrance to Lanercost.

Lanercost Priory Map

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The image below is of the tearoom, farm shop, gift shop and picnic area at Lanercost.

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The image below is of Lanercost Priory when walking round from the car park. This is an extremely picturesque are, not to be missed if on the Hadrian's Wall trail.

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The image below is from the courtyard of Lanercost Priory showing about half the building is a ruin, and the other half is still used as a Parish Church, the Church of St Mary Magdalene.

The ruined section is run by English Heritage with a gift shop. There is an entrance fee for this part of the priory.

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The image below is of the interior of the ruined section of Lanercost Priory, showing it was once a real large building.

The earliest parts of the priory are from the 1100s. It was caught up in the wars between England and Scotland in the late 1200s, used by Edward I three times on his raids into Scotland.

The priory was damaged by Scottish forces in 1296 led by William Wallace, and further damaged in 1311 by Robert the Bruce and his troops.

The priory was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, seeing it awarded to Lord Dacre, who used part of the building as a Mansion House.

Financial problems over the following centuries saw the building fall into disrepair, leading to the ruined part of the building being handed over the English Heritage in 1929, with the nave retained to serve as a parish church.

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The image below is of the nave of Lanercost Priory, open to visitors free of charge, with a donation box by the entrance with donations used for repairs of the building.

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There is normally a service at 11:00 am each Sunday, and Holy Communion celebrated most Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

The Lanercost Festival of Music and Arts is normally held over a week in mid June. Facebook

If you are on the Hadrian's Wall trail, traveling east, your next attraction will be Birdoswald Roman Fort 4 miles east.

Lanercost Priory English Heritage Website Tel: 0370 333 1181

Lanercost Priory to Birdoswald Roman Fort and Wall Map