Northallerton, North Yorkshire. tel = 01609 883494
Open 1 April-30 Sep: 10am-6pm daily. 1-31 Oct: 10am-5pm daily.
1 Nov-28 March 2002: 10am-1pm, 2-4pm Wed-Sun. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan 2002. Entr „
As well as Rievaulx Abbey, the North-East has some amazing historic places to visit. Among my favourites is Mount Grace Priory, a mere stone’s throw from where I was brought up as a child. There are only nine Carthusian churches in England and Mount Grace Priory, founded in 1398, is the best preserved of them all. The Carthusian monastic order lived like hermits in individual cells. They did not spend much time together and only lived together out of necessity (financial and for safety reasons). Mount Grace Priory has a large open cloister, which housed the 2-storey houses in which the monks lived. Each individual cell had a study and bedroom with a workshop on the first floor as well as a small walled garden. Unfortunately, only the ground floor remains but there is a reconstructed cell in the centre of the north cloister walk. Here you really get a feel for how it must have felt, praying and working in an individual cell. Even meals were eaten here, put through a hatch by a lay brother. The church is very small as visitors were not encouraged by the Carthusian monks and only three services were attended by the monks each day so as to cut down on contact. The shop and the exhibition at the entrance are held in what was once the guest- house though the rest of the building is not open to the public. There is also a beautiful Victorian garden to look around as well as the ruins, a picnic area and a nature trail for children. In short – a great day put for all of the family. However, I have just found out since writing this and saving it in my ‘dooyoo’ file (!) that Mount Grace is actually closed due to the Foot and Mouth crisis! If you fancy going to this beautiful place then call 01609 883494 to make sure that it is back up and running! Mount Grace Priory is run by English Heritage. There is an entrance fee but members of English Heritage can gain free admission. Moun
t Grace Priory is situated 12m N of Thirsk, 7m NE of Northallerton on A19 Opening Times are 1 April-30 Sep: 10am-6pm daily. 1-31 Oct: 10am-5pm daily. 1 Nov-28 March 2002: 10am-1pm, 2-4pm Wed-Sun. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan 2002. Entry costs £2.90, with concessions available.