A great exhibition in a stunning location

29 July 2012, Arts, events and places, Would you like to leave a comment?

For the whole of August, I will be displaying a selection of my work at Lanercost Priory near Brampton. Founded in 1169, the priory is only a short distance from Hadrians Wall and set in beautiful rural surroundings.

Towards the east end of the priory is the Dacre hall, where the exhibition will be taking place. This is a stunning building and dates back to the same time as the priory itself. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537, the hall was bought locally by the Dacre family, hence the name it has today. Inside, there are rough but solid bare sandstone walls and the old oak beams are a delight to see. At the far end are some faintly visible murals, which were painted in the 16th century. The grounds are also open to visitors and are managed by English Heritage. If you would like to see them, look here for the opening times…

I will only have a small display this year, due to my busy commitments elsewhere, but the range of local crafts will be impressive, with artists, felt makers, furniture makers and ceramists displaying their work.

Lanercost is only 5 minutes from Brampton and a 20 minute drive from the M6 at Carlisle. Once you have reached the tearooms, the priory is just beyond – look out for the AA signage.

The exhibition is open every day from 1st August until 6th September, with refreshments available in an adjoining café. Look here for more information about Craftsmen At The Priory…

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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