Lanercost Priory is part of a 12th-century Augustinian monastery, near Carlisle in Northern England. Standing close to Hadrian’s Wall, it has an illustrious history and suffered frequent attacks during the long Anglo-Scottish Wars, leaving the Priory now largely in ruins. The west end of the noble 13th-century church survives and today is used as an active Anglican
worship space, forming a key role within the local community.
The modest intervention of an internal porch at the Great West Door will provide much needed environmental improvements to the space for the benefit of the congregation and community events in the priory. The form of the intervention is determined by the function of doors leading into the church (both processional and day-to-day) and the architectural detailing of the existing portal. The proposed new porch is composed of structural cast iron and cast glass, visceral materials that respond to the subtle ornament of the handcrafted metalwork within the historic church structure.
This amended threshold would be the most significant architectural intervention within the Grade I listed Priory since the Edward Burne-Jones stained glass altarpiece window and the William Morris Dossal at the turn of the last century.
Model photography: Carmody Groarke
Photography: Carmody Groarke