Brinkburn Priory Collection Highlights

The English Heritage collection from Brinkburn Priory comprises mainly 19th-century church furnishings that remained at the site after it was taken into state care in 1965. The objects offer a wonderful insight into the Hodgson Cadogans’ ambitious project to restore and furnish the priory church in the late 19th century. They include two rare survivals of ecclesiastical banners, a unique matching set of liturgical equipment and a set of embroidered kneelers made by the Fenwick family in the 1930s.

There is also a small yet important collection of medieval architecture, mainly from the 12th-century cloister arcade found during the 19th-century restoration, as well as some fragmentary remains of the Manor House interiors.

The collections on display to the public within the church include sculpture by George Walker Milburn (York) and Robert Beal (Newcastle) and a magnificent Grade 1 listed pipe organ by William Hill. Because of environmental conditions and a thriving bat colony in the church tower, other, more sensitive items have been placed in storage.

Explore a selection of highlights from the reserve collection below.

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  • Visit Brinkburn Priory

    The beautiful 12th-century church of the Augustinian priory of Brinkburn survives completely roofed and restored, while parts of the monastic buildings are incorporated into the adjacent manor house.

  • History of Brinkburn Priory

    Find out more about the priory’s history, from its foundation almost 900 years ago to the 19th-century restoration of the church and later manor house.

  • Buy the guidebook

    This guidebook brings together the full history of Brinkburn, and guides the visitor on a tour of the church, priory remains and manor house.

  • Collections Highlights

    English Heritage cares for more than 700,000 objects. Browse collections highlights from English Heritage sites across the country.