Lanercost St Mary Magdalene

Form 1A

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Standard Information (parish churches etc.)

Lanercost St Mary Magdalene
Carlisle Diocese Code: 1360
National Church Code: 607059
LB Unique ID: 78137
Latitude: 54.966108
Longitude: -2.695108
Carlisle
Lanercost St Mary Magdalene
Lanercost with Kirkcambeck and Walton
Lanercost, Walton, Gilsland and Nether Denton
Brampton

St. Mary Magdalene, Lanercost PrioryBenefice: Lanercost and Walton, Gilsland and Nether DentonLocation: Lanercost, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 2HQLanercost Priory was founded in 1169 in the beautiful valley of the Irthing. Hadrian's Wall nearby w

Late 12th Century
Yes
Grade I
Yes
Unknown
No
No
No
Yes-World Heritage Site Buffer Zone
Rural settingDominant position in Irthing Valley
No
None
Yes
Yes
No
No
Adjacent to scheduled monument. Two veteran Yews first recorded in 'The Yew Trees of Britain & Ireland' (1897) John Lowe.
Ian Wells, Countryside Consultants, Townhead, Alston CA9 3SL
2014

Following the Dissolution, the former nave of the Priory Church became the Parish Church. It was re-roofed in 1739-40 when the east window was also built into the former crossing arch. The Church interior is asymmetrical with the north aisle separated by massive octagonal columns supporting pointed arches and the clerestory that illuminates the barrel vault roof. The sense of height is exaggerated by the massive south wall, perforated by tall pointed medieval windows, that creates a high, thin, space that would have funnelled views through the crossing to the chancel and presbytery beyond. Changes of medieval style can be traced through the building to reinforce its age and the surrounding ruins and scars reveal its turbulent and often violent history. However, a sense of calm and tranquillity now pervades throughout the complex. Craft skills are evident with fine examples of medieval stone carving and statuary and nationally significant stained glass designed by Burne-Jones and Morris decorating the north wall.

Monastic site of national significance

Architecture, exhibitions, perfomances

Successfully adaptedVisible history of worship, tranquility, magnificent surroundings

Adjacent to community hall

Space for other activiteesAlready building successfully used for other functions

Chris Angus
Churchwarden
17/02/2017