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By Philip_H
Cartmel Priory from the churchyard, Cartmel, Cumbria.

Cartmel Priory is now the parish church of Cartmel. The priory was founded in 1190 by William Marshal, later 1st Earl of Pembroke, for the Augustinian Canons and dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Michael. It was first colonised by a Prior and twelve monks from Bradenstoke Priory in Wiltshire. Of the monastic buildings the priory church and a gatehouse survive.

There are many features of special interest, both inside the church (please see upload of inside by BarbaraR) and outside, including the unique square belfry tower constructed diagonally across the original lantern tower. Simon Jenkins, in his book 'England's Thousand Best Churches', says that "Cartmel is the most beautiful church in the north-west".

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Winter Visitor'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Lake district Cumbria Architecture Churchyard Priory Tombs Cartmel Cartmel priory Cartmel peninsula Cross stump Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Michael Augustinian canons

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nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
11 Dec 2012 5:45PM
Beautiful stonework!

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Tibetan 4 3 England
11 Dec 2012 5:49PM
I love Churches they have their own atmosphere and each is so very different, love it regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
11 Dec 2012 5:54PM
It's been standing for around 800 years then and looks so strongly built it will probably stand at least another 800! Can't say that of many modern structures! Good composition and a fine view of this ancient church.

Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2012 6:26PM
Lovely church, bet there are lots of photo oppotunitiesGrin
As with your neighbourWink
11 Dec 2012 6:31PM
nice to see...
makes me feel quite young..Wink
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
11 Dec 2012 7:34PM
A very beautiful cathedral!
Good attention to detail, nice comp like the textures on the stonework

Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
11 Dec 2012 9:36PM
Nicely composed with plenty to look at.

Best Matt
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 2:31PM
What an interesting church and its history.

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