Lanercost is the village on the Howard estate at Narworth and contains the peaceful Lanercost Priory, founded in 1166 and disbanded during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. Edward I stayed at Lanercost in 1307 during one of his journeys to fight the Scots but he was too ill to continue and died shortly afterwards at Burgh by Sands on the Solway coast. A monument to him can be found near the priory.

Dacre Banqueting Hall dates from 1586 and hosts craft fairs and its church in the priory nave holds concerts and a fine exhibition of the building’s history. Recently some of the disused buildings have been converted into a café, shop and art gallery and others into holiday cottages by the Howard family.


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