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Remains of Thornton Abbey Church and Adjoining Monastic Ranges, Thornton Curtis

Description: Remains of Thornton Abbey Church and Adjoining Monastic Ranges

Grade: I
Date Listed: 6 November 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 165879

OS Grid Reference: TA1180418932
OS Grid Coordinates: 511804, 418932
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6549, -0.3098

Location: Thornton Curtis, North Lincolnshire DN39 6TU

Locality: Thornton Curtis
County: North Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: DN39 6TU

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There is also a scheduled monument, Thornton Abbey Augustinian Monastery: Gatehouse, Precinct, Medieval Road and Bridge, Moat, Fishponds, Post-Dissolution College and School, and House, 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.

Listing Text

(east side)

10/78 Remains of Thornton Abbey
church and adjoining
6.11.67 monastic ranges (formerly listed
as Church Ruins Thornton Abbey)


Ruins of Abbey church and adjoining monastic buildings founded as a Priory
in 1139. Late C12 - early C13 dormitory vault, remainder largely rebuilt
between mid C13 and late C14: church begun 1264, south transept 1280-90,
chapter house 1282-1308, cloistral range begun 1322-3, refectory 1348-64,
with minor late C15 - early C16 additions. C20 repairs. Chalk, limestone
and ironstone rubble with limestone ashlar facing and dressings; sections of
later brickwork to south and east monastic ranges. Plan: criciform church
with 8-bay aisled nave, 2-bay north and south transepts with east aisles,
5-bay presbytery with chapel of St Thomas adjoining to north and 5-bay Lady
Chapel adjoining to east. Monastic buildings arranged around cloisters
adjoining to south of nave, with octagonal chapter house adjoining south
east angle of south transept. Walls survive only to lower courses, apart
from south end of south transept and sections adjoining. Inner face of
south wall of south transept has lower section of filleted shafts of south
respond to east arcade and blind arcading with geometrical tracery.
Adjoining to south is a narrow corridor-room, perhaps a parlour, with blank
arcading and quadripartite rib-vaulting. To south of this are. remains of a
rib-vaulted vestibule with shafted pointed arch to chapter house. Latter
has two north west bays standing to full height and portions of two
adjoining, with moulded plinth and sections of two buttresses; stone bench
and blind arcading to inner walls with very fine geometrical tracery. For
plan and detailed description see DoE (AMHB) guidebook, Thornton Abbey,
1978; N Pevsner and J Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, 1978,
402-3; NMR.

Listing NGR: TA1183718950

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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