Graded locations

Listed buildings are graded in each location in this blog. Eg. Grade I, II* II of grade I is of most importance. Grade A relates to Scotland. See BLB

Friday, 28 August 2015

Wetheral Priory, Cumbria

Wetheral Priory

Name: Wetheral Priory Gatehouse
Locality: 25 Greenacres, Wetheral, Cumbria CA4 8ES
Built: 14th century
Owner: English Heritage 
Grade I
Website: EH

In September 2014 whilst staying in Cumbria, we decided to go on a 'short' bike ride, which took is past the Priory, when we ended up doing, what professional cyclists call the 'SHARK' a 20 mile up hill and down-dale nightmare through the Cumbrian hills, we got very lost and I very nearly lost my breakfast due to the effort and dehydration! Not good when you are riding heavy mountain bikes on tarmac roads to haunted places. Anyway, we went back later to have a gander...

We went past Wetheral priory, which is run by English heritage. As we cycled down a quiet country lane we could see it in the distance. It was a lovely little place, a little gem. We pulled over, it was so tranquil and quiet, all you could hear were the corvus, crowing in the trees and the noises from the small farm at the back of the property; we promised each other we would go back another day.  Later we went back in the the car and I recorded a short video inside the priory. My better half went in first, he announced when he came back out that he had heard footsteps behind him, he thought I had followed in behind, but I said, no as I was sat on a wall outside having a drink of coffee. Spooky! The place does echo a bit, so he could have misinterpreted a normal sound. Whilst I was inside I waited for footsteps to follow me.. but I heard nothing.. 

My video of that day