Holy Island Church of St Mary

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameHoly Island Church of St Mary
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishHoly Island

The church of St Mary stands to the west of the ruined church of Lindisfarne Priory. It was built in C12 or C13 though there may have been an earlier Anglo-Saxon church on the site. (Keys to the Past)

Pevsner notes church has 'an impressively fortified appearance'. Brooke writes "little tangible evidence of defensive adaptations, aside from the (former) vaulting and strong doorway."

Gatehouse Comments

The adjacent Priory was fortified and the church may be considered as part of this defensible complex.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNU125417
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  • Brooke, C.J., 2000, Safe Sanctuaries (Edinburgh; John Donald) p. 76
  • O'Sullivan, D. and Young, R., 1995, Lindisfarne, Holy Island (London) p. 103-4
  • Pevsner, N., 1992 (revised by Grundy, John et al), Buildings of England: Northumberland (London, Penguin) p. 338-9
  • Wilson, F.R., 1870, An architectural survey of churches in the Archdeaconry of Lindisfarne (Newcastle-upon-Tyne; M. and M.W. Lambert) p. 18-20 online copy


  • Blair, J., 1991, 'The Early Churches at Lindisfarne' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser5) Vol. 19 p. 47-53