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Carrow Abbey, Norwich

Description: Carrow Abbey

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 May 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 228839

OS Grid Reference: TG2421707390
OS Grid Coordinates: 624217, 307390
Latitude/Longitude: 52.6180, 1.3108

Location: A1054, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 2AP

Locality: Norwich
Local Authority: Norwich City Council
County: Norfolk
Country: England
Postcode: NR1 2AP

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There is also a scheduled monument, Carrow Priory (ruined portions), at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

(north-east side)
26.5.54 Carrow Abbey
- I
Former Benedictine Priory, now reception rooms and offices. C12 foundation;
mostly early C16 and late C19. Knapped flint studded with red brick; brick
dressings; plain tiled roof. In three parts; former parlour (left): 2 storeys.
Wooden mullioned windows to left; small oriel window to right of first floor.
Tudor-style doors to left and right with C19 moulded brick jambs. C16
wooden spandrels of right one have Y and a gun (rebus of Elizabeth Wygun,
the last Prioress). Traces of C16 window jambs and moulded bricks on first
floor and some original brick details to ground-floor window. Brick kneelers
to left gable; central 4-shafted ridge chimney. The rear elevation of this
range facing the former cloister, has C19 wooden mullioned windows flanking
a round rendered stair turret with brick parapet. Door to right retains its
original moulded spandrels.
Former Hall (Centre) Late C19 porch to right has perpendicular style windows
and decorative bargeboards. Large square-fronted bay window to left. C19
wooden mullioned window above porch has C16 moulded brick details. Rear facade
has tall C19 wooden mullioned and transomed window to right of massive red
brick chimney. Brick kneelers to gables; central 3-shafted ridge chimney.
Late C19 Wing (right) : Irregular range set slightly askew has red brick
diaper pattern on knapped flint walls. Another wing set back to right with
2-storeys and an attic has 5 first-floor windows and 5 dormers. Moulded
brick finials. The rear facade has gables to right and left, the right one
with a hexagonal 2-storey bay flanked by a single-storey gable-fronted wing.
The interior of the parlour range has C16 panelling and a fireplace on the
ground floor, and moulded ceiling beams to bedrooms above, reached by a
C19 Gothic style staircase with crockets and lion finials. The hall is
reputed to have been re-modelled by E. Boardman in the 1870's with a
minstrels' gallery; Entrance hall has a massive hooded stone fireplace
bearing the date 1900, and the late C19 wing has elaborately moulded plaster
ceilings in the present Director's dining room and in other first-floor rooms.
The Benedictine nunnery was founded in 1146, and the west range was rebuilt
shortly before the Dissolution, when the property passed to Sir John Shelton.
Most of the former Prioress's lodging was re-modelled between 1899 and 1909
for the Colman family. Surviving foundations of the Church and east range
of the monastic buildings are scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TG2421707390

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Source: English Heritage

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