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Description: Gateway to Precinct
Pair of Gatepiers and Gates Between College Yard and Cathedral Cemetary
Date Listed: 2 December 1991
English Heritage Building ID: 172947
OS Grid Reference: TQ7425768570
OS Grid Coordinates: 574257, 168570
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3894, 0.5031
TQ 7468 NW ROCHESTER THE PRECINCT
7/18 Gateway to Precinct
(see College Yard)
9/188 Cathedral Cloister
listed as College
Ruins of claustral buildings of the cathedral-priory of Crist and
the BVM (see ref 7 and 9/193; also for Cloister Gate, ref 9/189).
Mostly C12, but with early C13 modificaitons; the cloister is
unusual in that it adjoins the S parts of the E end of the
cathedral (rather than the S nave aisle and main transept).
Mainly ragstone. Little survives above ground level of the S
range except the Cloister Gate (ref 1/189) To the S, the site
of the Refectory, with round-headed openings and (immediately
behind) a tiny 2-bay vaulted C13 Lavatorium entered through a
pointed arch with cusped inner order, decorated with dog-tooth;
shafts keeled. (These remains and the associated walling which
may incorporate Roman materials, lie beneath and partly underpin
the C19 Garth and Cloister Houses, see refs 9/191 and 9/192).
To the E, intersecting blank arcading, doorway to former
Dormitory, middle third of C12, with Tournai marble shafts (a
great rarity in England) and a weathered relief of the Sacrifice
of Isaac. To the left the tripartite ent54rance to the Chapter
House with lancets above connected by blind niches. Chapter
House, rectangular on plan, intersecting wall arcading with some
C15 alterations. The Chapter House is connected to the King's
School (see ref 9/190). For detailed description and evaluation
see Newman, West Kent and the Weald, Buildings of England (2nd
ed, 1980 reprint) pp 486-7).
Listing NGR: TQ7425768570
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