Jul
24

Finchale Priory

There are some remains of the early 12th century stone chapel of St John the Baptist, the site of Godric of Finchale’s burial, built sometime around the end of Godric’s life. Some of the temporary buildings, erected for the first prior and his monks sent to establish the Priory some twenty years after Godric’s death, still exist. The monastic complex was built in the latter half of the 13th century with alterations and additions continuing for the following three hundred years.

There are many excellent examples of heavily decorated capitals on the original arcade columns; tracery in the filled-in nave arches of the church, and on the south wall is a double piscina and two carved seats of the sedilia.