Historic priory gets a lucky escape as 14th century wall is missed by fallen tree

Fallen oak tree at Mount Grace Priory

Fallen oak tree at Mount Grace Priory

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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.

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10:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

NickTheBatMan says...

Interesting you're just running this story now, I have a photo of it which I took on Feb 13th and I think it had fallen a day or two before...
Interesting you're just running this story now, I have a photo of it which I took on Feb 13th and I think it had fallen a day or two before... NickTheBatMan
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