Description: Gatehouse to St Benets Abbey
Date Listed: 16 April 1955
English Heritage Building ID: 224372
OS Grid Reference: TG3802615785
OS Grid Coordinates: 638026, 315785
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6874, 1.5205
Explore more of the area around Horning, Norfolk at Explore Britain.
TG 31 NE
8/41 Gatehouse to St. Benet's
Abbey Gatehouse. Abbey founded 1020, escaped dissolution, abandoned 1545.
Gatehouse built late C14, tower mill built into ruins between 1728 and 1735.
Flint with ashlar dressings. Mill is brick. Gatehouse in 2 chambers. Outer,
north, chamber entered through arch with 4 orders of mouldings, the inner order
with carved animal figures in the jambs. Flanking arch are 2 polygonal turrets
with square knapped flint panels. In the spandrels by the arch are carved
2 figures. To left an armed man bearing a staff and holding a shield aloft.
To right a lion rampant. Beyond this entrance arch was a vaulted narthex of -
which 3 moulded transverse ribs survive with ridge piece and figurative bosses.
Narthex opens into inner chamber. Rectangular, vaulted in 2 bays originally.
Colonettes on moulded bases and with capitals lead to vault springers. Inner
wave moulded arch opens into Abbey precinct. South, inner, side with flushwork
diagonal buttresses and subsidiary buttresses right and left of archway, these
with ogee gabled niches with pedestals and vaulting. To right arched stairway
rises to now demolished first floor. In spandrels of main arch shields bear
devices of England and France. From gatehouse a fragment of precinct wall
extends west towards River Bure, crenellated and with loops splayed in
interior. Shell of 8 storey tower mill constructed in centre of gatehouse,
the ground floor of which is punctuated by blocked segmental-headed windows.
Scheduled ancient monument, County number 6.
Listing NGR: TG3802615785
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
Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.