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Latest News from The Lancaster Priory.

  • 9th November - 4th December 2021 - Murmurations Exhibition - 09/11/21

    by Darren Andrews, Jenny McCabe and Dave Shooter PHOTOGRAPHS BY DARREN ANDREWS This installation will feature an exhibition of images by this local photographer, mostly taken during lockdown as a personal response to the pandemic. The text below explains Darren’s thinking behind his work: ‘I’m obsessed with murmurations. I even often dream about them. Starlings don’... Read more

  • Facing The Past Phase 2: PROJECT MANAGER - 13/09/21

    JOB OPPORTUNITY Facing The Past Phase 2: PROJECT MANAGER The Lancaster Priory Memorial Commissioning Group is now recruiting a freelance Project Manager, initially for 15 days in Autumn 2021, to take the project to the next phase. It is expected that the role will be extended as new funds for the project come in.   For... Read more

  • New Vicar of Lancaster - 06/09/21

    When Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders is inducted at Lancaster Priory on Wednesday, she will be the first female Vicar of Lancaster. Leah is joined by her husband of 20 years, Dr Rev Mark Vasey-Saunders, an academic tutor at St Hild Theological College in Yorkshire; and their children: Reuben, aged 17, a student at Chetham’s School of Music;... Read more

  • AUTUMN 2021 - OUR AUTUMN EVENTS - 02/09/21

    Autumn 2021 is packed with art, music and community events. It is also the first months of my ministry as Vicar of Lancaster and I am hoping to meet as many people as possible as I get to know the church and city. The Priory has been a place of gathering, a place of worship and community for almost a thousand... Read more

  • New Wedding Registrations - 23/06/21

    Following a change to the wedding registration of couples, after 400 years, both parents' names are now included in the register. Below is a picture of our first wedding couple in The Priory marking this momentous occasion. Photo courtesy of Samantha ( Read more

  • Tower Restoration - Latest Update - 10/05/21

    Please click on the link below to hear the latest update on our tower restoration from Elaine Blackett-Ord, Blackett-Ord Conservation Architecture. Read more


    What is the project? The Judges' Lodgings Museum and the Priory Church in Lancaster are looking for four-six artists to work on a proposed new project about the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The project aims to reflect, reveal, and redress omissions in our collective memory of the role Lancaster played in the transatlantic slave trade and of the enslaved... Read more

  • Updates to Holy Week Services - 29/03/21

    From the Churchwardens Dear Friends, We are delighted to be able to share with you the joyful news that, thanks to a change in  Government regulations, we are now with immediate effect able to welcome back a small group of singers to lead our worship. This means that we can have a small choir  even when there is... Read more

  • HOLY WEEK 2021 - 09/03/21

    Services during Holy Week which require prebooking: Maundy Thursday Liturgy of the Last Supper and the Watch from 7.30pm to midnight Good Friday Solemn Liturgy 2.00pm Easter Sunday 10am Eucharist Read more

  • Reopening for Public Worship 14 March - 05/03/21

    From the Churchwardens Dear Friends, Earlier this week we received the very welcome news from the Coronavirus Task Group in the Diocese that, following advice received from the Directors of Public Health in Lancashire, churches can and should reopen for public worship on Sundays and Feast Days, with effect from March 8th. This means that we are now... Read more


    The Rev Canon Chris Newlands conducted his final service at the Priory on Sunday, January 31, after 11 years as Vicar of Lancaster. The special service and farewell video was streamed online from 6.30pm as lockdown restrictions mean there was no congregation present to mark Canon Newlands retirement. Live streaming of services has resulted in the Priory enjoying a global reach and... Read more


    Community consultation is now underway into plans for a new slave trade memorial in Lancaster. For the first time in 150 years, a memorial will be installed in the Priory churchyard where the grave of the Rawlinson slave trading family was daubed with red paint last spring. It was a result of this action and following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations... Read more


    Lancaster Priory’s historic clock which has marked time for locals and visitors alike since 1886 is being restored to its former glory. Probably for the first time in its life the entire mechanism, which has been threatened by chronic water leaks, has... Read more

  • Christingle 2020 - 03/12/20

    The national Christingle service in aid of the Children's Society will be available to stream from Sunday 13 December. STARS FOR REMEMBRANCE—If anyone would like a star to remember a loved one please contact Frances or via our contact us page on the website. Frances will write the message and put the star on the tree. Please donate... Read more

  • New Family Eucharist Service at Lancaster Priory - 11/10/20

    Our new Family Eucharist Service will be starting on 11th October for everyone to enjoy. Twice a month on the second and fourth Sundays at 4pm, we will be inviting children and their families to worship and learn together. The service will be adapted, so there will be something for everyone. It is an informal and relaxed service... Read more


    Lancaster Priory Church which has been closed for the longest period in its thousand-year history has emerged into the light after the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Vicar of Lancaster, Canon Chris Newlands is now conducting public Sunday services in church following months of worship online. And the Priory has also hosted its first wedding since March – of a soldier in... Read more


    Choristers at Lancaster Priory will be singing with joy as they return to the ancient church this Sunday. Sung worship has been an important part of life at Lancaster Priory, stretching back to its origins as a Benedictine community, but the COVID-19 pandemic silenced singing for the longest time in living memory and probably not since Oliver Cromwell’s puritan... Read more

  • Saturday 15 August - Live streamed Service to commemorate VJ Day - 12/08/20

    Saturday 15th August live streamed from 10.55 am  A Civic Service to commemorate VJ Day. The Revd Canon Chris Newlands leads a short act of Remembrance with the Mayor of the City of Lancaster on the 75... Read more

  • Thursday 13 August: Live Streamed service in memory of Florence Nightingale - 12/08/20

    Thursday 13th August live streamed at 9.30 am  Morning Prayer to remember Florence Nightingale (1820 - 13th August 1910) in her bicentenary year, and to pray for all nurses and carers. Service led by Canon Chris Newlands... Read more

  • Return to Public Worship - Sunday 9 August - 09/08/20

    Dear Friends I am very pleased to be able to let you know that the Priory will be open for public worship from Sunday August 9th. We will have to observe Government requirements as well as the guidance from the Church of England, and recognise that it will be some time before we can return to things as... Read more