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St Bees Man, St Bees, Coast to Coast path

St Bees Man, St Bees, Coast to Coast

In 1981 the preserved corpse of a medieval knight dating back to 1368 was discovered by Leicester University in the grounds of St Bees Priory. The discovery was extraordinary in that his body was so well preserved. He was subsequently identified as Anthony de Lucy, or the 3rd Baron Lucy and it is thought that he died during the Northern Crusades in Lithuania. At the time of the discovery the corpse's identify was not know and became known as the St Bees Man.

The body was in a well preserved state due to the fact it had been wrapped in a lead sheet and two beeswax shrouds, before placing it in a wooden coffin. One of the remarkable forensic findings was that his nails and skin were very well preserved, and also the contents of his stomach.

The precise location of the discovery was in the aisle of a ruinous chancel. An unwrapped skeleton found alongside him was that of his sister, Maud de Lucy. She died 30 years after him and the vault was enlarged to include her body.
St Bees Man

In 1981 the preserved corpse of a man dating back to 1368 was discovered by Leicester University in the grounds of St Bees Priory. He was subsequently identified as Anthony de Lucy, or the 3rd Baron Lucy and it is thought that he died during the Northern Crusades in Lithuania.

St Bees Priory
St Bees Priory

St Bees Priory

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St Bees Priory (western side)

St Bees Priory
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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

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Features of the Book:
  • Route described in detail
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