Posted by: Matthew Crawford | October 24, 2010

Finchale Priory

Last weekend on a beautiful Saturday afternoon we took a trip out to Finchale Priory. Now that we have a car, such trips that previously were difficult are now easy. The Priory is only a fifteen minute drive from our house, just outside of Durham city in the English countryside. Finchale Priory was a 13th century monastery that housed a group of Benedictine monks. It was also used as a summer retreat for the monks at Durham’s cathedral. The place is in ruins today, abandoned during the Reformation along with all other monasteries in 1535. The site sits on a lovely bend in the river surrounded by fields and forests. I can see why the monks chose it for a home. You can see the pictures of our visit by clicking here.

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