Site of Augustinian Priory

The site of the Priory is marked on the O S map, but there is no visible evidence on the ground or from the drone and the LIDAR shows nothing. The magnetometry survey shows distinct lines of stone buildings, walls and enclosures of the Augustinian Priory. Fainter, marks are more likely to be ‘shadows’ showing the remains of the earlier decayed timber buildings of the 7th century Saint Cuthbert’s Minster.

St. Cuthbert’s Minster would have been little more than a wooden shack. It was founded following a grant of land in 674 to St. Cuthbert by King Ecgfrith of Northumbria for his help in the defeat of Wulfhere of Mercia.

Early in the 12th century King Henry I and Queen Matilda made a grant of land (probably the same piece of land) to build a church, and in 1138 Walter Espec granted the church at Carham to Kirkham Priory in Yorkshire. The building was destroyed by William Wallace during a raid in 1296. It was rebuilt and lasted until Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.

The present church dates back, in various forms, to the late 16th century