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Description: Ruins of St Radegund's Abbey (The Uninhabited Portions)
Date Listed: 22 August 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 178596
OS Grid Reference: TR2753741993
OS Grid Coordinates: 627537, 141993
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1320, 1.2508
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TR 24 SE HOUGHAM ABBEY ROAD
Ruins of St.
22.8.62 Radegund's Abbey
Monastic ruins. C13. Rubble and ashlar, flint. At present forming the
entrance gate-house and forecourt to St. Radegund's Farmhouse, the remains
represent the cloister of the Premonstratensian Abbey of St. Radegund.
Tower of 3 storeys, the topmost ruinous, of coursed flint, decorated
with triangular ashlar blocks. Two large offset buttresses with central
C16 red brick semi-circular arch, and 4 chamfered lights on first floor.
Interior: tripartite plan, the side chambers with chamfered and moulded
arches and springer for vaulting. Originally the tower of the church,
set in re-entrant angle of nave and north transept. The earlier ashlar
west wall of the north transept on left return of tower with responds of
chapel and north chancel aisle arcade. Connecting wall from tower south
to Farmhouse, with 4 openings, 2 blocked, with moulded and chamfered
arches, originally shafted, with round capitals and water holding bases.
These were the doorways to the chapter house, portions of which, and the
adjoining south chapels of the church survive to the east of the connecting
wall (cloister east wall). To south and east of the tower further portions
of masonry survive, in part to full height, cut through especially c.1590,
representing remains of nave of church with moulded doorway to tower and
with the remains of cellarer's building and guesthouse, forming west range
of cloister, with the north gable end of this range surviving full height,
with lancets, and range of deep rere-arches to ground floor lancets along
long wall. The standing buildings are surrounded by extensive earthworks,
a scheduled Ancient Monument, with isolated blocks of masonry, the most
extensive of which is a length of walling, about 30 metres north-east of
the tower/gatehouse, about 6 feet high, running about 10 metres north-
east, and returned about 30 metres south-east. (See B.O.E. Kent II 1983,
439-440; see also W. St. John Hope, Arch. Cant., 14, 1882). For history
of Abbey see main entry on St. Radegund's Abbey Farmhouse.
Listing NGR: TR2764342124
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Source: English Heritage
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