Beaurepaire Priory

Religious Place Durham County Durham

Beaurepaire Priory

Religious Place In Durham, County Durham

A 13th century priory twixt manor house that was a retirement home and also a retreat for the Durham Monks.

If you ever fancied visiting a “beautiful retreat” then Beaurepaire Priory translates to the perfect destination.

Back in 1258, Bertram de Middleton was the Prior Of Durham and needed some new digs in order to spend his retirement, but also fancy enough to entertain visiting royalty including three King Edwards. Although well known as Beaurepaire Priory it was actually a manor house.

The priory was damaged by the Scottish army on their way to defeat at the Battle of Neville's Cross in 1346, but Prior John Fossor ordered repairs and further extensions were made over the next 300 years.

The priory also served a secondary purpose of providing a retreat for the Durham Monks similar to Finchale Priory.

Unfortunately the priory was badly damaged again by the Scots during the English Civil in the 1640s and has remained ruinous.

We're yet to visit this one, but our new Fabulous North friend Simon Twigg sent all of these lovely pictures.

Also for some lovely illustrations of what the priory would have looked like in its heyday head over to the Durham Cow website.

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54.789416, -1.623527
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From the car park turn left and follow the dirt track over the River Browney to find the priory.

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Park in the Bearpark Cricket Ground.

Simon Hawkins

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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