Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory is built of stones from Hadrian´s Wall. This is the remaining building that today is the parish church.

Lanercost Priory in Cumbria in England is built of stones from Hadrian´s wall nearby in 1166. Why waste energy to quarry new stones when you have stones already? Most of the priory was destroyed when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1536. The building still standing was allowed to be used as a parish church but the rest was destroyed. In such a way the very stones that were quarried by the Romans  in the second century were incorporated in a medieval building built a thousand years later and that building is still in use today.

The Romans who built Hadrian´s wall came from different parts of the Roman Empire as far away as Bulgaria, Syria and Egypt, Morocco and all along the coast of the Mediterranean sea and to the north in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium but also from France, Spain and Italy. The stones in the priory bear memories of an international population once living and working in this part of the world as well as of those that have lived here during the centuries after the priory was built and of all the years the church has been in use.

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Inside the parish church.

In the ruins of Lanercost Priory.

Fern growing where the roof once was.

The opening on the wall is is where the monks night stair between the living quarters and the church once was located.

In the underground living quarters. Kitchen or storage, I think.

The inne yard of Lanercost Priory.

One can almost see the traces of a wing or a fin from one of the stones that originally was from Hadrian´s wall.