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Brainshaugh Priory (Acklington)

Chapel at Brainshaugh Priory. Photo Northumberland County Council, 1971.
Chapel at Brainshaugh Priory. Photo Northumberland County Council, 1971.

The priory was founded in around 1147 by Richard Tison for nuns who belonged to the Premonstratensian order. The priory had fallen out of use by 1500. Today, the chapel is still standing and displays building work dating from the 12th to 14th centuries as well as some modern walling. Outside the chapel are the remains of a fluted pillar and a medieval grave cover. The uneven ground to the south of the chapel would suggest that the foundations of other priory buildings are buried there. The chapel is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II* Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N5561
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Acklington

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