Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory lies in a secluded and enchanting setting, tucked away in woodland within  loop of the River Coquet. It was founded in the 1130s as a community of Augustinian canons, although the earliest surviving buildings date from the end of the twelfth century. Never a wealthy house, and frequently troubled by Scottish raids, it was one of the first monasteries to be closed at the Dissolution in 1536.

After the Dissolution the priory church was used for a while as the parish church, while parts of the monastic buildings were adapted to form a manor house. The condition of the church rapidly deteriorated, but after years of neglect it was carefully reroofed and restored in the mid-nineteenth century, and stands today as one of the finest examples of early Gothic architecture in Northumberland.*

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

*From English Heritage Brinkburn Priory handbook

14 Comments CherryPie on Feb 3rd 2017

14 Responses to “Brinkburn Priory”

  1. Fabulous. And I mean that.

  2. lisl says:

    This is new for me, Cherie – thank-you

  3. Wonderful – and so good to read it has been restored. There are so many treasures to be found in this country.

  4. james higham says:

    Magnificent interior, particularly photo two.

    • CherryPie says:

      I messed up with my photo settings and was relieved to find one or two photos that worked after my second pass around the church. My second attempt had me trying to avoid a photographers group outing complete with tripods (in the way of photos) and people setting up the church in preparation for the wedding that day…

  5. JD says:

    The Priory also has near perfect acoustics. I have one or two CDs by Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort which were recorded there.

    • CherryPie says:

      Really interesting, thank you :-)

      There was a wedding there on the day we visited. Just before we left we heard the organist practicing and as we were leaving we hear the choir practicing. As we made our way back up the hill, the beautiful tones of both choir and organ accompanied us :-)

  6. Astrid says:

    All those details. The tiles on the floor are a treasure. In such a place I always have a cracked neck bu looking up and down. Wonderful pictures.

  7. The wooden steeple is such a rare sight!