WHILE visiting Cartmel Priory some time ago I was disturbed to discover what appeared to be a "mini Ikea" at the west end of this ancient building.

Tall, stark staging had been erected, covering a substantial area and forming a backdrop to displays of modern furniture which was all for sale.

The structure prohibited any view from the west end of the priory down the length of the nave towards the choir stalls and the magnificent east window. Everything clashed and jarred against the stunning architecture: soaring arches, elaborate and ornate carvings and ancient stained glass windows.

I can only hope this was a very temporary idea.

Sheila Gordon