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Description: Stavordale Priory
Date Listed: 24 March 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 261696
OS Grid Reference: ST7363732020
OS Grid Coordinates: 373637, 132020
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0869, -2.3778
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CHARLTON MUSGROVE CP
6/231 Stavordale Priory
Priory Church now a residence. C13 origins converted in 1533. Restored and extended by T E Colcutt 1905. Local stone
rubble with Doulting stone dressings; plain clay tile roof - over stone slate base courses to former nave - between
coped gables with finials; stone chimney stacks. 2 storeys with 4-bay nave and chancel, added chapel to North East
corner; East cloister wing linking to reredorter. South elevation has 3-light C15 traceried window bay 1 with blind
panels to bottom; bays 2 and 3 have former side tower arch of C14 now filled with C20 glazing; bay 4 has 2-light
window on left, and 8-panel door with pediment holding carved badge: former chancel has the pointed windows partly
blocked, with plain cruciform windows to two levels, flat headed below and arched above; simple bell turret crowning
coping between nave and chancel. West gable has C14 moulded pointed arched doorway with arched label, square stops;
above a 4-light C15 traceried window: the upper part now blind; North wall of nave has shortened C15 traceried windows
over flashing cover mould to former cloister roof; most of North chancel wall obscured by additions. East gable has a
moulded window recess with C20 6-light window below - upper now rendered panel. In the North East corner the attached
side chapel with 3-light C15 traceried window in recess in East wall, the North wall window blocked at two levels as on
South elevation. East cloister wing and Reredorter block to North almost totally reshaped in early C20, in quality
work, rather plain. Inside the nave mostly a C20 conversion, with no special features ground floor, above ceilings
obscure main roof trusses, but upstands and crossbeams to C15 trusses still visible; most of chancel arch still
visible; panelled arch with traces of rood loft stairs in North East corner of nave. Chancel converted in C16; lower
room has moulded crossbeams to ceiling, also good statue niche in South wall; upper room has good C15 roof frame
exposed with moulded crossbeams with bosses, and curved ribs to each rafter and collar. Side chapel still retained as
such, and has good fan vault ceiling. Many other fragments, eg piscinae, being uncovered by present owners. C20 work of
good quality, with fine joinery. Priory of the Augustinian Order first mentioned in 1243; bell tower existed by l374,
church refitted and rebuilt c 1439, chantry of Jesus "recently completed" in 1526: Priory merged with Taunton in 1533
and the buildings became a residence soon afterwards. (Burrow, I and Welsh, D, Research at Stavordale Priory,
unpublished SRO, 1981 and 1982).
Listing NGR: ST7364132021
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Source: English Heritage
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