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Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island

Description: Lindisfarne Priory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 December 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 237726

OS Grid Reference: NU1261741732
OS Grid Coordinates: 412617, 641732
Latitude/Longitude: 55.6689, -1.8010

Location: Church Lane, Holy Island, Northumberland TD15 2RZ

Locality: Holy Island
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: TD15 2RZ

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Lindisfarne Priory Pre-Conquest Monastery and Post-Conquest Benedictine Cell, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

Listing Text



12/17 Lindisfarne Priory


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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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