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Priory Gate, Sudbury

Description: Priory Gate

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 March 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 276008

OS Grid Reference: TL8706241036
OS Grid Coordinates: 587062, 241036
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0362, 0.7258

Location: 57 A131, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AG

Locality: Sudbury
Local Authority: Babergh District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CO10 2AG

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Listing Text

(south east side)

TL 8741 3/60 3.3.52 No 57


and the entry shall be amended to read:

(south east side)
3/60 No 57 (Priory Gate)

3.3.52 11*

Former gatehouse to Dominican Priory, now house. Circa 1500, with
alterations and additions of c1830 and mid C20. Timber framed, of 2
storeys. Front is in 2 phases. To right the original gatehouse has
exposed close studding and a plaintiled roof. Jettied first floor
supported on solid brackets rising from buttress shafts with carved
capitals. Moulded and embattled mid rail (except right hand bay),
4-centre arched carriage entrance, now blocked, with good foliage-carved
spandrels. An adjacent pedestrian entrance has a renewed 4-centred arch,
over which is a range of 5 plank and muntin panels. C20 boarded and
battened doors. The jetty over this entrance has been cut back and
replaced by a plaintiled pent roof, and the structure above now forms
part of the c1830 addition. This later work is rendered, with a slated
roof and a chimney stack at the gable end. Both phases have 12- and
16-paned sash windows in flush frames. The rear is also rendered, with
C20 casement windows. Interior: Continuous jetty to former rear wall of
gatehouse. Intact rear carriageway arch, similar to front but with no
carving in the spandrels. The feet of 2 posts in the rear wall retain
cranked down braces protecting them from damage from wheeled traffic,
rare survivals. There is evidence for similar braces in the front wall.
Both entrances have chamfered ceiling beams and plain closely-spaced
joists, with no firm evidence of partitioning between them. To right of
carriage entrance is a one-bay room, presumably for a porter: blocked
diamond-mullioned window in side wall, ceiling with large trimmed
stair trap, altered rear wall. Some heavy first floor studding, 2 renewed
diamond-mullioned windows. Open truss with cambered tie beam and long
braces forming 4-centred arch (one brace missing). A second truss, also
apparently open, had shorter braces, now missing. Crown-post roof: plain
posts with 2-way plank-like bracing to the collar purlin, mostly intact
coupled rafters.



(South East Side)
No 57
TL 8741 3/60 3.3.52.


This is largely a modern house but incorporated in East part of front are
the timbers and archways of what was probably the old Priory Gateway (the
Priory stood about 50 yards South of the present house; the original building
was demolished circa 1540 and another built). (This demolished circa 1820.)
The upper storey projects over these archways on curved brackets, some with
moulded capitals and shafts. The spandrels of the larger archway are carved.
One archway now blocked and forms part of house front.

Nos 53 to 57 (odd) form a group.

Listing NGR: TL8706241036

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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