Bill Bryson and Cartmel Priory

Bill Bryson and Cartmel Priory

The Westmorland Gazette reports that the best-selling author – Bill Bryson has placed Cartmel Priory on his list of favourite churches.

Giving his reasons for choosing Cartmel Priory, Mr Bryson said “I came across this ancient and memorable priory by accident years ago when I was exploring the western Lake District by car and I was simply looking for somewhere to spend the night. Cartmel is a lovely village, so it and its church were both delightful surprises and I have returned several times since. The church dominates the village and is notable for its unusual diagonal belfry tower which gives it a jaunty air”

A special page on ‘ExploreChurches’ featuring Mr Bryson’s favourite churches goes live this Friday to start the English Tourism week.

The page will be at

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