14th August 2021 Brinkburn Priory – A First Visit

A lovely day today and a rare Saturday off together. Where to go?

We are both English Heritage members but have never visited Brinkburn Priory, one of the sites in their care. So off we went.

It’s a little walk from the carpark to get to the site, and when we arrived they were preparing for a wedding. We had a little time to visit the priory before the wedding, but I’m sure we will spend more time here in future. The stained glass from the restoration in the 19th century is beautiful.

The manor house is left in benign decay, much like Belsay, but it means you can read the history of the property, which makes it more interesting for me.

The grounds are pleasant but it would have been nice to have a walk near the river.

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Brinkburn Priory was a medieval monastery built on a bend of the River Coquet, some 4 miles (6 km) east of Rothbury, Northumberland, England. Little survives of the structures erected by the monks apart from the Priory Church, which is a grade I listed building in the care of English Heritage.