Alnwick Abbey Gatehouse
Alnwick Abbey Gatehouse
This impressive two story stone gatehouse is all that remains of Alnwick Abbey, a 12th century abbey of Premonstratensian monks, founded by Eustace Fitz-John. The gatehouse itself was built in the 14th century by the De Vescy family, whose coat of arms can be seen over the barrel-vaulted arch through the gatehouse. It can only be accessed on foot, following signposted paths through Hulne Park, hunting grounds owned by the Dukes of Northumberland (see Alnwick Castle entry).
The abbey housed between 17 and 30 canons until it was eventually dissolved by Henry VIII. The abbey was excavated in 1889 and the rough layout of the abbey buildings can be sen on the ground. The gatehouse is Grade I listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument Also in Hulne Park are the extensive remains of Hulne Priory, a 13th century friary of Carmelite monks.