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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Cumbria

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Abbeys and Religious buildings within the UK, by county. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. This same information is also available in alphabetical order.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes Used on this page

Wiki=Wikipedia  EH=English Heritage  NT=National Trust  PEH=Pastscape  F.=Founded  Dis.=Dissolved

Condition: [A] First rate example; [B] Major Remains; [C] Identifiable Remains; [D] Modest Remains;
[E] Little Surviving


Alt. Name * [Formal Name / dedication]

Location Grid
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Communities & history [condition]

Appleby Friary



British History Online

Carmelite Friars

Armathwaite Nunnery

Armethwaite Nunnery * [(church dedicated to Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary)]


British History Online

Benedictine nuns 6 January 1089 (dubiously purported)

Calder Abbey

Caldre Abbey

5426′39″N 327′55″W / 54.444053, -3.465173 * NY0506

Wiki * British History Online * English Heritage Pastscape * Visit Cumbria

Savignac monks from Furness 1135-1137 * trns to Hood * Savignac monks (refounded) from Furness c.1143-1147 * Cistercian monks 1147; dis. 1536 * now in private ownership without public access [C]

Carlisle Cathedral Priory [Church Use]

Carlilse Priory * [The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Carlisle  * The Cathedral Church of The Holy and Undivided Trinity, Carlisle 1133]

5453′41″N 256′19″W / 54.894713, -2.938607 * NY3955

Wiki * British History Online * Carlisle Cathedral

secular canons -1092 * Augustinian Canons Regular 1122; dis. 1540 * episcopal diocesan cathedral 1133-present [C]

Carlisle Dominican Friary



British History Online

Dominican Friars

Carlisle Franciscan Friary



British History Online

Franciscan Friars

Conishead Priory [Reused], * Ulverston

[The Priory Church of the Virgin Mary, Conishead]


Wiki * British History Online

Augustinian Canons Regular 1188 * originally a hospital 1160 * site now occupied by country house named 'Conishead Priory' and presently the home of the Buddhist Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre

Furness Abbey


5408′08″N 311′53″W / 54.135513, -3.198145 * SD2271

Wiki * British History Online * Visit Cumbria * Britain Express * Catholic Encyclopedia * Cistercians in Yorkshire * Cumbria & the Lake District * EH * PEH

Savignac monks -1147/8 * Cistercian monks (The second richest and most powerful Cistercian Abbey in England after Fountains Abbey) -1124/7; dis. 1537 [B]

Holme Eden Abbey

[Priory of Saint Scholastica]

5454′18″N 249′31″W / 54.904928, -2.825383


Benedictine nuns rmv from Fort Augustus 1921; dis. 1983 * formerly Holme Eden Hall * altered for use as a nursing home

Nunnery near Kirkoswald


5446′44″N 243′17″W / 54.778828, -2.721401


Benedictine nuns * house named Nunnery House built on site

Penrith Friary



British History Online

Augustinian Friars

Ravenstonedale Priory


5425′59″N 225′46″W / 54.43312, -2.429481 * NY7203

GenUKI * The Cumbria Directory * Lake District Tourist & Cumbria Tourism Information

Gilbertine Canons [E]

St Bees Priory

St Bee's Priory * [The Priory Church of Saint Bees, Saint Bees]

5429′38″N 335′37″W / 54.493913, -3.593634 * NX9611

Wiki * St Bees * St Bees Priory * Visit Cumbria

Benedictine monks fd. c.1120; dis. 1539, on the site of an earlier nunnery c.650/900? * church now in parochial use [D]

Wetheral Priory

Wetherall Priory

5452′46″N 249′48″W / 54.879306, -2.829993 * NY4654

British History Online * EH

Benedictine monks (from St. Mary's Abbey, York) fd. 1106; dis. 1542 [E]


See Also:

Abbey and Religious Buildings Section for all articles, lists and location guides on Abbey's, Cathedrals, Churches, Holy Wells etc.


By: Tracey Park Section: Abbey and Religious Buildings Key:
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