Visit to Naworth Castle & Lanercost Priory, nr Carlisle
| Naworth Castle & Lanercost Priory
Formerly a stronghold of the Lord Wardens of the Marches, Naworth is a romantic, medieval castle set in rugged and historic Border country. Home of the Dacre and Howard families, the castle dates back to the early 14th century, although there is evidence of an earlier fortification in 1270. The Castle has a unique collection of pre-Raphaelite interiors, original medieval chambers, a dramatic exterior and a wonderful 17th-century walled garden. Naworth is not generally open to the public, and on this occasion owners, Philip and Elizabeth Howard, will be your guide.
Lunch will be held at nearby Lanercost Priory, an Augustinian Priory, founded in 1166, mostly built from stone scavenged from Hadrian's Wall. Its tranquil setting gives no hint of the violence it has witnessed, including attacks by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. It was one of the first priories to be dissolved by Henry VIII, who gave the buildings and the land to Sir Thomas, Lord Dacre, the illegitimate son of Lord Dacre of Naworth. The ruined Priory Church was partly reclaimed in 1740 when the nave and north aisle were roofed and three stained glass windows by Burne-Jones were added later.