The beautiful and now tranquil setting of Augustinian Lanercost 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. Yet there is still much to see in this best-preserved of Cumbrian monasteries.
The east end of the noble 13th-century church survives to its full height, housing within its dramatic triple tier of arches some fine monuments.
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