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Description: St Osyth's Priory the Chapel of St Osyth and Ruins Attached to North
Date Listed: 21 February 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 120034
OS Grid Reference: TM1217915718
OS Grid Coordinates: 612179, 215718
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7998, 1.0759
There is also a scheduled monument, St Osyth Priory (uninhabited portions) and gatehouse, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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ST. OSYTH THE BURY
15/200 St. Osyth's Priory.
21.2.50 The Chapel of St. Osyth
and ruins attached to
north (Formerly listed as
part of Buildings comprised
Now a chapel incorporating medieval work, C12 eastern range, C13 and C16
rebuilding and C19/C20 conversion to a chapel. The wall and ruins to north east
of similar dates. Rubble, ashlar and some brick. Red plain tiled roofs. North
and south faces crenellated. East face with north angle buttress, gable outshot
to south. 2 storeys. Moulded upper and central bands, wall much repaired with
some chequer work. Upper later 3 light window under a square head. Remains of
an arcade of 4 trefoiled bays, moulded 2 centre arched heads, inset in one arch
is a 2 light window with quatrefoil over. 2 light window under square head with
label to south. South face C19/C20 2 centre arched 2 light window, moulded
label, foliate stops. North face. Eastern 3 light window under segmental head.
Western square headed 2 light window. Moulded segmental headed doorway, C19/C20
vertically boarded doors with ornate hinges. To the west the ruined C16 2
storey wall of Lord Darcy's building with a gable to south, chimney stack with 3
attached moulded brick chimney shafts and spiked caps. 3 buttresses. Moulded
band. 5 stone first floor window openings. 5 smaller ground floor openings,
light to gable. Various ruined attachments to west. Interior of Chapel.
Vaulted of 2 x 3 bays, 2 central shafts with moulded capitals and bases, moulded
ribs springing from stone corbels. Stone arcaded plinth with trefoiled arches,
moulded capitals and bases to shafts. Coloured tiled floor. Stained glass to
all windows, one depicting St. Osyth and her husband the Saxon King Sighere.
Piscina. North wall, chamfered pointed arch. 4 runnels to round open drain.
North chamber. Medieval floor tiles, some coloured and impressed. The vaulting
and ruins originally part of the East Dorter range of the medieval Priory. To
west wall-3 chamfered brick arches lead into 3 vaulted chambers. The central
bay used as a sanctuary with stained glass 3 light reredos. Small segmental
archway to north wall full height chamfered brick archway to south wall. South
chamber, rubble vaulted of 2 large bays. 2 light east window. 3 light archway
to north. Large moulded segmental arch to south wall, possibly a former
monument niche. Small brick vaulted north chapel; east window of 5 graduated
lancets. Some stained glass to all windows. Scheduled Ancient Monument
Listing NGR: TM1217915718
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Source: English Heritage
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