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Lancaster Travel Guide

Lancaster Priory

The Priory and Parish Church of St Mary standing by the Castle on the hill overlooking the city was founded in 1094 by Roger de Poitou on the site of the earlier Saxon church.

There are remains of the Saxon times including a Saxon doorway with Anglican cross fragments, choir stalls, superb tapestries, and King's Own Memorial Chapel with historical Regimental Standards and battle honours. Also Roman remains have been found beneath the Chancel.

The present building holds Viking ornaments, crusaders' coffins and part of Jacobean 'three-decker' pulpit. In the Memorial Chapel there is probably the most complete collection of Regimental Colours in the country.

Guided tours are available by arrangement. Open Monday - Saturday 10am-4.30pm (During winter they may be closed for lunch)

There is no admission charge, although donations are welcomed

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