Finchale Priory is 13th century Benedictine priory. It was established and founded by Hugh de Puiset in 1196 on the site of hermitage of St Godric.
It was built as a Benedictine Monks retreat and is located 4 miles outside Durham, not far from Chester-le-Street. The road that leads to it is directly opposite HMP Frankland. It falls within the Diocese of Durham and it’s mother priory is Durham Cathedral.
Finchale Priory it set on wide stretch of the River Wear which continues to flow through Durham City and out to the coast via Sunderland. The priory was disestablished in 1535 towards the end of the Reformation period during the of reign Henry VIII.
Here are few snap shots of the priory during my recent visit back to the North East.
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