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St Olave's Priory, Fritton and St Olaves

Description: St Olave's Priory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 27 November 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 227764

OS Grid Reference: TM4586099544
OS Grid Coordinates: 645860, 299544
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5382, 1.6241

Location: A143, The Broads Authority NR31 9HE

Locality: Fritton and St Olaves
Local Authority: Great Yarmouth Borough Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR31 9HE

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This building is also a scheduled monument.

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Listing Text

TM 49 NE
(north side)
10/29 St. Olave's Priory
(formerly listed in Herrinfleet
27.11.54 CP)
G.V. I

Augustinian Priory, now ruinous. Founded c.1216 by Roger Fitz Osbert. Various
building campaigns C13-C16. Dissolved 1534 and site purchased by Sir Henry
Jerningham who constructed a 3 storey mansion north of cloisters incorporating
monastic remains. This mansion demolished 1784. Further robbing of site 1823
to repair Herringfleet church. 1825-1902 refectory undercroft used as cottage.
Partial excavation and restoration 1904. Restorations 1922-24 and 1984. Flint,
brick and ashlar. Part of the church, cloister and refectory survive. To
north fragments of C16 Jerringhamhouse can be deciphered. Church. Located
to south of cloister; 5 bays survive to east of west end, of early C13.
Aisless, but a south aisle added 1300-1310. South wall of aisle now continuous
with north range of garden wall of The Priory. 2 C16 splayed slit lights.
2 circular flint bases to aisle piers survive (piers were octagonal) and base
of respond against west wall. Western doorways into nave and aisle blocked
in C20. North wall of church is fragmentary. Cloister. Square, early C13
with brick faced piers supporting roof of cloister walls: bases of 3 piers
survive to north wall and 4 to south. West wall of cloister range survives
pierced at north end by early C14 4-centred ashlar doorway. This would have
led into Prior's lodging, guest rooms, parlour, kitchen and Cellerar's rooms.
The north range 1300-1310 is part of refectory buildings. Refectory.
Undercroft survives but refectory on upper floor now demolished. Entered from
cloister through an arched door. One arched window each side. West side
pierced by C20 casement. North side had 2 doors, one now blocked, and 3
windows, 2 now blocked. All these openings with brick surrounds. East wall
of brick, C20. Interior of 6 bays, the eastern bay now reduced. 2 aisles
with 5 central octagonal Purbeck marble piers with capitals and bases. 2
eastern bays are separated by a C16 cross wall. Brick vault, quadripartite
to each bay. Bays separated by transverse and longitudinal brick ribs. Wall
springers rise from engaged brick shafts. Brickwork is plastered. Blocked
doorway at north-west corner. of undercroft led into an external newel staircase
to refectory above. Internal C16 staircase inserted in south side of western
bay to serve Jerningham's house. 2 further rooms abut refectory to north,
constructed post 1537 as part of Jerningham's house. Flint and brick. Rooms
open into each other through a re-used C14 4-centred brick doorway. C20
staircase in southern room rises to flat, felt-covered roof of undercroft.
Scheduled Ancient Monument, County Number 398.

Listing NGR: TM4586099544

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Source: English Heritage

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