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Dalton Castle, Dalton in Furness

Dalton Castle is a 14th century Pele tower and was owned by the abbot of Furness Abbey. From here he would administer the law in the region of the Lordship of Furness, Lancashire North of the Sands. There would have been … Continue reading

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The Lost Leper Hospital of St Mary Magdalene, Preston

The site of St Walburge’s church is believed to be the location of a Medieval leper hospital, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene. Nothing now remains of this building, but what evidence do we have that it was located here ? The … Continue reading

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Cartmel Priory and Gatehouse

Legend has it that when the monks from Bradenstoke travelled to Cartmel to found a new priory, they selected the top of a hill with commanding views. However, as they prepared the ground they heard a voice saying “Not there, but … Continue reading

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Manchester’s Medieval Collegiate Church

The Medieval Collegiate Church of Manchester became Manchester Cathedral in Victorian times, and much of what we can see on the outside belongs to that period. However, the medieval parts are very much evident inside the building and can be … Continue reading

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Preston’s lost Medieval Friary

Although there is a large and busy Preston street still named Friargate that has existed since medieval times, the exact location of this monastic site has remained a mystery. Recent archaeological evidence has drawn it tantalizing closer, as we shall see. The friary … Continue reading

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Sawley Abbey, Sawley village, near Clitheroe

Sawley Abbey was founded in 1146, by monks from Newminster Abbey near Morpeth, Northumberland. The land was donated by the powerful Percy family, who went on to give more land in 1280 due to the monks complaining about the marshy ground … Continue reading

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Whalley Abbey, Whalley, near Clitheroe

The Whalley monks originally came from Stanlaw Abbey, near Ellesmere Port. They had wanted to move for some time, because of the unsuitability of the Stanlaw site. Stanlaw Abbey had been subject to repeated floods over the years and the … Continue reading

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