Friday, July 13, 2012

More on Brinkburn Priory

For those travelling to the priory it is approx 4.5 miles SE of Rothbury off the B6344.  For users of satnav the postcode is NE65 8AR.

The church is the priory church of an Augustinian priory founded in 1135 and situated on a bend of the River Coquet.  It is set in beautiful countryside and you can imagine just why the monks chose this idyllic spot.

The church has been completely re-roofed by English Heritage and is quite plain with a beauty which is enhanced by the lack of decoration.  There is a modern (quite scary) wooden figure of Christ on the north wall by local artist Fenwick Lawson who also has works in Durham Cathedral and on Holy Island.  The monastic buildings are likewise plain and without decoration.

Should you require more information I recommend searching for the Wikipedia entry for 'Brinkburn Priory' which will satisfy the most searching of enquirers.

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