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
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.