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Lindisfarne Priory

A Grade I Listed Building in Holy Island, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.6689 / 55°40'8"N

Longitude: -1.801 / 1°48'3"W

OS Eastings: 412617

OS Northings: 641732

OS Grid: NU126417

Mapcode National: GBR H2VW.WP

Mapcode Global: WHC05.9RNZ

Plus Code: 9C7WM59X+HJ

Entry Name: Lindisfarne Priory

Listing Date: 22 December 1969

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1042304

English Heritage Legacy ID: 237726

Also known as: Lindisfarne Priory pre-Conquest monastery and post-Conquest Benedictine cell

ID on this website: 101042304

Location: Holy Island, Northumberland, TD15

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Holy Island

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Holy Island St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

Tagged with: Abbey Priory

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Ruined priory. Started c.1093. Church is dressed red sandstone, monastic
buildings grey sandstone.

Church: Late C11 and early C12. West portal with 3 orders of columns, block
capitals and round arches with chevron moulding. 2 bays on left, and 2 on right,
of similar blank arcading. Round-arched windows above door, formerly shafted on
upper level. 3-storey turret in south-west corner has slit windows. North-west
turret has gone. 6-bay nave. North wall has blocked doorway with cable moulding
in 4th bay. Left bay has remains of large C14 window. Other windows are narrow
and round-headed with continuous sill band and hoodmould. Flat buttresses between.

North transept north-west corner stands to full height. Similar flat buttresses.
Transept apse stands to c.10 ft with 4 shafts.

Chancel has one original window and one large C14 window on north side. C14
east window, the tracery gone. South side has 3 original windows and one C14

South transept apse largely complete.

Interior has multi-moulded west portal and 5-bay gallery above with narrow arches
and block capitals.

3 piers and 2 arches of north arcade stand. They are of Durham type with
alternating incised round and composite piers. Similar responds in aisles.

2 composite crossing piers support famous' rainbow arch', a chevron moulded rib
vault. The church was vaulted throughout, the springers rising from corbels like
block capitals. Position of original apse revealed by excavation. Church
lengthened and given straight east end 1140-50.

South of church extensive remains of monastic buildings, C13 and C14 including
a barbican and gatehouse between inner and outer courts.

See LINDISFARNE PRIORY. HMSO. 1949. Guardianship Monument.

Listing NGR: NU1263141764

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