A section of the ruined 14th century Carthusian priory in North Yorkshire had a lucky escape after a large oak tree fell in a space between two sections of wall.

Mount Grace Priory, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, is one of England’s most important and best preserved of the ten medieval charterhouses.

During recent storms, the large oak tree fell precariously close to the ancient walls but luckily caused no damage.

A spokeswoman for English Heritage, which manages the priory, said the fallen tree would be cut up and removed as soon as possible to make the area safe for visitors.

Visitors are still able to see how the priory was split into individual cells where monks lived as hermits, and would come together in the chapel only for night-time worship, Sundays and feast days.