Thursday Doors 12May22

My entry for Thursday Doors

More doors at Mount Grace Priory

The back of the house [I showed the front last time]

Details of the priory from the English Heritage website.

Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire is the best-preserved Carthusian monastery in England. In the Middle Ages, monks lived hermitic lives in one of Mount Grace’s 25 individual cells, each with a private garden.

After the Reformation, the site would become the home to wealthy aristocrats and industrialists. These included Lowthian Bell, who remodelled part of the priory in the Arts and Crafts style.

  • Mount Grace Priory was founded in 1398 by Richard II’s nephew Thomas de Holland.
  • It is the best-preserved Carthusian monastery in England. The priory is even used by historians as a ‘type site’, or model, for the study of other medieval Carthusian buildings.
  • Mount Grace was one of only nine Carthusian monasteries, also known as charterhouses, in medieval England.
  • Carthusian monks lived solitary lives. They spent most of their time in isolated cells and lived according to a strict timetable.
  • Mount Grace was one of the last monasteries in Yorkshire to be suppressed during the Reformation.
  • In the 17th century, part of the priory was remodelled as a mansion.
  • In the early 20th century, the site was bought by wealthy industrialist Lowthian Bell.
  • Bell enlarged and remodelled the mansion at Mount Grace in the Arts and Crafts style championed by William Morris.

The Count’s House

My entry for Thursday Doors

Situated by the river in Durham this small structure was built in the 1820’s as a folly and used as a summerhouse by Count Boruwlaski who was a musician and dancer. Born in Poland, he was only three feet three inches high, and died aged 97. He settled in Durham as he loved it there.

Records show that the building was also used as a place to live on several occasions. It was home to to a family of seven in 1881 when it was known as Miss Wooler’s Garden Cottage. Another family who lived there ran it as a cafe, selling tea and scones to visitors of the riverbank.

The original doors are not on of course.