Cartmel Priory Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In the south transept is a display of historical artefacts, and on the wall is a framed royal charter of 1641, signed by Charles I, in which the monarch granted land formerly part of the priory estates to seven local landowners. A royal seal and two ducal seals are attached to the charter.
There are several interesting points to note about the exterior of the priory; the 14th century bell tower for one. It is turned at a diagonal angle to the main tower beneath it. This is thought to be the only example in England of a bell tower placed diagonally to the church beneath it. The south door, by which you enter the church is worth a glance; It was built around 1200. Just to the west of the south porch is another, smaller door. This is known locally as The Cromwell Door. If you look closely you can see that the surface of the wooden door is pock-marked with circular holes. These were made by musket balls fired by angry townsfolk when Cromwell's men stabled their horses in the nave of the priory church during the Civil War.
It is well worth your time to wander about Cartmel; it is a very pretty town, though it can be crowded in summer. Near the priory is the old Priory Gatehouse, at one time the main entrance to the Priory precinct. It is now in the care of the National Trust, though, sadly, no longer open to the public.
About Cartmel Priory
Address: Cartmel, Cumbria, England, LA11 6PU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Cartmel Priory
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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