St Bees Priory Cumberland

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St Bees Priory. Antique print of St Bees Priory, here described as St Bees Monastery, it is now the parish church of St Bees, Cumberland (Cumbria,) on the Irish Sea coast just south of St. Bees Head, the most westerly point of Northern England. There is evidence for a pre-Norman religious site, and on this a Benedictine priory was founded by the first Norman Lord of Egremont William Meschin, and was dedicated by Archbishop Thurstan of York, sometime between 1120 and 1135. Original copper-plate engraving dated in the plate 12 March 1784. Size of engraved area approx 5x6ins. Note: Price shown is ex VAT.

 

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St Bees Priory. Antique print of St Bees Priory, here described as St Bees Monastery, it is now the parish church of St Bees, Cumberland (Cumbria,) on the Irish Sea coast just south of St. Bees Head, the most westerly point of Northern England. There is evidence for a pre-Norman religious site, and on this a Benedictine priory was founded by the first Norman Lord of Egremont William Meschin, and was dedicated by Archbishop Thurstan of York, sometime between 1120 and 1135. This original copper-plate engraving is from: ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales’ by Francis Grose. Eight volumes published from 1772. Printed in London for Hooper and Wigstead. Artists and engravers names are recorded below each antique print, together with the date of the engravings execution.  Francis Grose’s interest was in the field of medieval remains, which were beginning to exercise an increasing grip on the public imagination. In 1772, he published the first part of ‘The Antiquities of England and Wales,’ a work which he unashamedly aimed at the popular market. Essentially, it targeted those who wanted to know about antiquities but had neither time nor means to visit them in person, and contained small panoramas of medieval ruins, together with an informative text on a separate page. Sometimes the text was taken from books already published, or from information supplied by other antiquaries (both acknowledged); sometimes Grose collated material himself from which he could work up an article. From 1772 onwards, he also toured the country to visit and draw sites for inclusion in The Antiquities. In all, Eight Volumes of the work were published. Thank you to Wikipedia for supplying some of the text and links concerning St Bees Priory.

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