Brinkburn Priory is tucked away in a woodland setting by the river, in the Coquet valley, Northumberland. Founded in the reign of Henry I as an Augustinian priory during the 1100s. Despite the quite remote location the Priory was frequently subjected to Scottish raids. It was one of the first monasteries to be closed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution in 1536.
The north entrance is a mixture of Norman and Early English architecture
The west elevation
The Brinkburn bell in the foreground
The internal space seemed cavernous, probably due in part to the lack of decoration and/or pews. The height was impressive regardless.
Following the Dissolution the Priory was used as a parish church and part of the building was modified and made into the Manor House.
The church underwent major restoration in the 19th century, as did the manor house, which was a family home until the 1950s.
An unusual cloud formation passed overhead, like the ripples in sand left by the receding tide, and was gone in a few minutes.