Historic religious buildings Cumbria England history architecture Carlisle Cathedral Lanercost Priory Cartmel Priory Shap Abbey Furness Abbey the dissolution
VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT

The religious buildings of Cumbria
& the Lake District
Historic religious buildings Cumbria England
  Carlisle Cathedral

 

Carlisle
Cathedral

Cartmel
Priory

Furness
Abbey

Lanercost
Priory

Shap
Abbey

The
Dissolution

Despite the best efforts of the Scots raiders the important religious buildings of the county survived largely intact until the reign of King Henry VIII.

Henry's Dissolution brought about the destruction of some of England's finest buildings. However, a great many survived: Carlisle Cathedral, Cartmel and Lanercost Priories are still in use, though not in their original condition.

The ruins of the Abbeys at Furness and Shap are more romantic and in their own way just as impressive as their more fortunate brethren. All are worth visiting.

A great many of the churches in the county are of architectural merit and good guidebooks such as the two volumes about Cumbria in the Buildings of England series by Nikolaus Pevsner (published by Penguin) will be an invaluable companion. There are many others.

 

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