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Finchale Priory f.83

St Godric founded Finchale Priory on the banks of the River Wear at the end of the 12th century but numerous additions were made to the original building over the next three hundred years. Throughout its existence the priory was home to only a small number of monks - probably no more than five or six were permanently lodged here - but it would have accommodated visiting fellow Benedictines from the surrounding areas.

The tomb of St Godric once lay beneath the priory chapel, but his remains vanished several centuries ago. His final resting-place still remains a mystery. Grimm’s view shows the ruins of the priory church. The spiral staircase in the north-west pier of the crossing originally led to the central tower, which fell some years before he made this drawing.

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