Priory Church, St. Bees – the beauty of stained glass

While I was on my recent Easter weekend break in north west Cumbria I visited the coastal village of St. Bees, and during my wanderings I was delighted to find that the Priory Church was open to visitors so I was able to go in for a look round. Built from red sandstone The Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Bega, to give it its full title, was founded around 1120 and was built on an existing religious site ; its name comes from its links to St. Mary’s of York and the legendary Irish princess St. Bega.Β The most interesting feature of the church’s exterior is probably the west doorway, beautifully crafted in seven moulded layers which are decorated with various different carvings.
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The west doorway
There is so much history and legend within the church and its grounds, including a special display telling the story of St. Bees Man,Β that I couldn’t possibly study and photograph everything in the time I had so I concentrated mainly on getting shots of the many stained glass windows set around the building – and they were certainly worth photographing.
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Looking down the nave
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Since getting back home from that weekend I’ve found out that there’s far more to this lovely church than I could ever have imagined, and many things of interest which I missed, so there’s more than one good reason for me to make a return visit in the not-too-distant future.
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8 thoughts on “Priory Church, St. Bees – the beauty of stained glass

  1. Morning Jayne πŸ™‚ I love stained glass windows and those are really lovely, the colours are so bright. And the interesting things I missed mean another visit will be on the cards sometime πŸ™‚

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  2. Thank you Anabel, they are gorgeous aren’t they? πŸ™‚ I’m just now writing the post about St. Bees on my other blog but to put all the windows on there would take up too much space so I’m just putting a few on and linking back to here πŸ™‚

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  3. It’s a lovely church, and with lots of interesting history too. The ornate screen at the front is lovely, I’ve put a couple of shots of it on my other blog πŸ™‚

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  4. I’m trying to remember if I visited this place as a callow youth. But I need to visit it now, in any event. You do a heck of a lot better than I do with your photos of stained glass windows wonderful!

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  5. Thank you, I don’t really do anything special to get the shots but it does help when windows are particularly colourful like these are. I hope you manage to visit the church sometime, there’s so much of interest there both inside and out.

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