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The Paradise of Furness

Sarah Elizabeth Holmes


This is the story of one of Great Britain’s ancient houses. Conishead Priory, on the shores of Morecambe Bay, was founded as a place of healing and spirituality in the twelfth century and remains to this day a centre dedicated to world peace.

That Conishead has survived the centuries is something of a miricle. The object of the hopes, ambitions and sometimes extravagance of its variety of owners, it has, on several occasions, come close to being abandoned. The Priory’s connections spread beyond the great families of the North West, to the Durham minefields and the palaces of London. Incredible in proportion and described in the eighteenth century by Thomas West as ‘The Paradise of Furness’, Conishead Priory’s intriguing past lingers still in the wealth of architectural detail and historic atmosphere, where links with royalty, artists and writers, murder and the supernatural meet.


Handstand Press



Publication Date:

2012 September


Paperback; 245 x 172mm.




Over 120 illustrations.