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Abbot Penny's Wall, Leicester

Description: Abbot Penny's Wall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 March 1975
English Heritage Building ID: 188561

OS Grid Reference: SK5851306115
OS Grid Coordinates: 458513, 306115
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6496, -1.1365

Location: Abbey Park Road, Leicester LE4 5AP

Locality: Leicester
County: Leicester
Country: England
Postcode: LE4 5AP

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Listing Text

In the entry for:-
Abbot Penny's Wall,
forming West and North
Boundary to Abbey Lane and
Abbey Park Road and East
Boundary along River Soar
SK 5805 4/207
SK 50 NE 14/207
The entry shall be amended to read:-

4-14/207 Abbot Penny's Wall
Monastic boundary wall, now park wall and gates. Medieval, c1500, mid
C19 and 1931. Red and blue brick and Charnwood granite. From south
east corner a 60 metre section of mid C19 brick wall, then a 45 metre
section of repaired brick wall c1500. At the south west corner, a
chamfered section with partial quoins and an ashlar niche with ornate
canopy. The west wall c 1500, with blue brick patterned diaper work
stretched 385 metres, with blue brick coping. 25 metres north a pair
of square gate piers, c1980, then 100 metres north a further gateway,
c1931, with a pair of square piers, short curved iron railings and a
pair of square gatepiers with iron gates. 75 metres north an original
four-centred archway now blocked. 185 metres north the wall becomes
Charnwood granite rubble with rounded coping, slightly higher and
largely medieval. 220 metres north a C20 gateway. 20 metres further
north another gateway, c1931, with round outer piers, iron railings
and octagonal ashlar gatepiers with iron gates. 75 metres north the
wall curves round onto Abbey Park Road, and stretches 125 metres east
to the main gateway. Entrance gate has outer octagonal turrets with
ashlar battlements, and outer four-centred arches with a central
larger four-centred arch topped by a coat-of-arms and a coped gable,
all with iron gates. The wall continues 125 metres east to a chamfered
turret, then a further 90 metres to a rounded corner turret.
Fragmentary wall continues south along the River Soar for 323 metres,
the wall has medieval windows and a restored turret with
machicolations. At the south east corner a further turret also with
medieval openings. The wall then stretches west for 57 metres with a
central opening, and a small section turns north for 9 metres.


Abbot Penny's Wall,
forming West and North
Boundary to Abbey Lane
and Abbey Park Road and
East Boundary along River
SK 5805 4/207
SK 50 NE 14/207
Circa 1500. Stone rubble walls. The west wall along Abbey Lane heightened
C17/C18? in red brick, with ramp coping of engineering bricks above.

Listing NGR: SK5851306115

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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