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A small village sitting in the valley of the river Irthing, Lanercost has quite a history.Dominated by the 12th century priory this was once the centre of English government when Edward 1st, nearing the end of his life, was travelling west from Hexham in pursuit of another campaign against the Scots.He arrived on Sep 29th 1306 and fell ill. Unfortunately there was no quick recovery and he was forced to spend the winter here.Come the spring he made his slow way to Carlisle and the Solway plain where he died on the 7th july.

This picture shows the Priory in a better aspect. You can just see the courtyard of Lanercost cottages in the bottom left hand corner.


  and here you can see Lanercost on Google

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