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