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Cathedral Cloister West Range, Durham

Description: Cathedral Cloister West Range

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110423

OS Grid Reference: NZ2729542106
OS Grid Coordinates: 427295, 542106
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7731, -1.5772

Location: 1 Duncow Lane, Durham DH1 3RS

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3RS

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 SW (South side, off)

14/368 Cathedral cloister
6/5/52 west range


West range of cathedral cloister; comprising dormitory and undercroft; now
part of library, with vestries, treasury and restaurant beneath. C12
dormitory door and part of cloister wall; c.1400 rebuilding; 1849-53 conversion
to library. Circa 1400 work carried out by John Middleton, then by Peter Dryng,
with Ellis Harpour as roof carpenter, for Bishop Skirlaw. 1849 conversion by
P.C. Hardwick for Dean and Chapter library. Restoration of undercroft in C19
by Salvin, and in C20 by George Pace then Ian Curry. Coursed squared sandstone
with ashlar dressings; roof not visible. Basement and one high storey; 12
bays. Round arch of 3 orders, the inner 2 on shafts with cushion-capitals and
the outer, now altered, with impost blocks, and varied C12 mouldings; deeply-
moulded 2-centred arch to undercroft; further arched and square-headed vestry
doorways. At south end a wide 2-centred moulded arch of 3 orders to passage
through undercroft. Cloister: 9 arches with intersecting C18 tracery, on
dwarf walls with low rounded coping. Gabled buttresses; roll-moulded parapet.
Above the cloister are 15 paired cusped square-headed lights for carrels, under
6 tall 2-light windows with 2-centred arched and Perpendicular tracery under
dripmoulds; battlemented parapet.

Interior: rib-vaulted undercroft of 12 bays. Round columns with moulded
capitals and plinths. Dormitory has massive arched tie beams on wall posts
and stone corbels; struts to principals; cusped ridge beam.

Source: W. Page V.C.H. 1928 reprint, 1968 p. 130.

Listing NGR: NZ2729842116

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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