Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

The first monastery on Lindisfarne was established in the 7th century AD by St Aidan. St Cuthbert was buried here at the end of the century; his remains were later moved to Durham. A new monastery was founded from Durham in the early 12th century.

The west front of the church contained two towers (the southern one remains). The inside face of the west front shows the traces of the vaulting that covered the nave of the church, a feature that recalls Durham.

At the top of the front are arrowloops that were constructed  to defend the priory from attack during the border wars with Scotland.

Lindisfarne Priory © David Gill

The present parish church of St Mary was built to the west of the priory church and dates to the 13th century.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

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