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Lanercost Priory, Lanercost, Cumbria

Lanercost Priory, Lanercost, Cumbria
Photograph taken 22 March 2006 © Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: N060138

This is a reconstruction drawing of the presbytery at Lanercost Priory. It was an Augustinian monastery founded in 1166. The beautiful and now tranquil setting of the priory belies an often troubled history. Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during the long Anglo-Scottish wars, once by Robert Bruce in person. The mortally sick King Edward I rested here for five months in 1306-7, shortly before his death on his final campaign. It was closed in 1537 as part of Henry VIII Dissolution of the monasteries. This site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Read detailed archaeological description.