This clandestine capture is from an impromptu stop at Brinkburn priory, picturesquely set by a bend in the River Coquet in Northumberland. Established as a house of Augustinian canons in c.1135, the late 12th-century church, re-roofed and repaired in 1858, is intact. Parts of the cloisters also survive, embodied in a nearby manor house. Although now a peaceful and tranquil place in the care of English Heritage, church services and concerts are still occasionally held here, and as luck would have it a service with incense was taking place during our visit. This restricted full access to all parts of the church, but it made for a great 'monastic' atmosphere with the choir singing and a good photographic opportunity.
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