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St Bees Priory, St. Bees

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St Bees Priory is the parish church of St Bees, Cumbria, England. There is evidence for a pre-Norman religious site, and on this a Benedictine priory was founded by the first Norman Lord of Egremont William Meschin, and was dedicated by Archbishop Thurstan of York, sometime between 1120 and 1135.
From sculptural and charter evidence the site was a principal centre of religious influence in the west of the county, and an extensive parish grew up with detached portions covering much of the Western Lakes.
The Priory was dissolved in 1539, and since then the buildings have been the Anglican church of St Bees parish, and is now a grade I listed building.
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  • We attended the Fridays at Five illustrated talk, by Chris Robson, that covers the history of St Bees and the Priory. It is a whistle stop tour of the key historical events and is delivered in an... 
    We attended the Fridays at Five illustrated talk, by Chris Robson, that covers the history of St Bees and the Priory. It is a whistle stop tour of the key historical events and is delivered in an...  more »
  • Melvyn Bragg wrote his version of her life, first given to us by the monks of this place in Norman times...this is is the stuff of fairytale and legend. St. Bega is a fascinating woman, known as the....  more
    Melvyn Bragg wrote his version of her life, first given to us by the monks of this place in Norman times...this is is the stuff of fairytale and legend. St. Bega is a fascinating woman, known as the....  more »
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  • A beautiful church where my wife's family worshipped prior to the 1920's. The staff and clergy were so welcoming despite setting up for a wedding. It made the visit special.
  • Great little place, lots to find out, fantastic history. Thursday morning best day to visit due to coffee morning where the locals all get together for a natter. Fantastic coffee and cake. Good value and delicious. No cash they take cards! Best cake had in 2 weeks holiday.

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