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Chapel to Clare Priory, Clare

Description: Chapel to Clare Priory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 December 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 282926

OS Grid Reference: TL7700045000
OS Grid Coordinates: 577000, 245000
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0751, 0.5813

Location: Nethergate Street, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NG

Locality: Clare
Local Authority: St Edmundsbury Borough Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CO10 8NG

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There is also a scheduled monument, Clare Priory (uninhabited 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.

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Listing Text

1. CLARE Chapel to Clare Priory
2006 (Formerly listed as
Clare Priory ruins)
TL 74 NE 16/571
TL 74 NE 18/571
TL 74 NE 19/571 19.12.61.


Clare Priory was founded in 1248. The building now in use as the chapel of the
Priory was originally the Infirmary and was made into a barn in 1748. In 1953
the Augustinian Order of Friars returned to the Priory and the Infirmary (barn)
then became a chapel for the Order. There is a C20 tablet recording that here
(Clare Priory) were buried Joan of Acre, Countess of Gloucester and daughter
of Edward I and Eleanor of Castile, who died in 1305; also Lionel Duke of Clarence,
son of Edward III and Phillipa of Hainault, who died in 1368; and his wife Elizabeth,
grand-daughter of Joan of Acre, who died in 1363. A C14 rubble building with
stone dressings with heavy diagonal corner buttresses and additional buttresses
on the north and south sides. The lower windows have pointed arches with plain
tracery and the upper windows are small stone dressed casements, formerly to
a loft or upper storey. The west gable has 3 brick dressed windows with segmental
arched heads and ogee arched tracery. The interior was renovated in te C20.
Roof tiled, hipped at the east end.

Listing NGR: TL7700045000

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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