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Michelham Priory, Arlington

Description: Michelham Priory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 13 October 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 294964

OS Grid Reference: TQ5588809319
OS Grid Coordinates: 555888, 109319
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8624, 0.2137

Location: Arlington, East Sussex BN27 3QS

Locality: Arlington
Local Authority: Wealden District Council
County: East Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: BN27 3QS

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This building is also a scheduled monument.

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Listing Text


TQ 50 NE 18/502 13.10.52 Michelham Priory


A Priory for Augustinian Canons, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was founded
here by Gilbert de Aquila in 1229. It was dissolved in 1536. Edward I spent
the night of the 14th September, 1302 here. The surviving building is T-shaped,
the east and north wings dating from the C13, the west wing from the C16 after
the Dissolution. The building is of stone, the east wing being sandstone.
Tiled roof. Two stoeys and attic, except the north wing which has 3 storeys
and attic. The south front has 9 windows and 6 modern dormers. Two chimney
breasts, one extending down to the ground, the other corbelled out above the
ground floor with a pointed doorway below this. Casement windows with stone
mullions and dripstones, those in the east wing being modern. This wing was
the Refectory. Its south face has 3 blocked pointed arches at first floor
level and on the ground floor. One similar archway and one four-centred doorway.
Its north face has 4 blocked pointed archways together on the ground floor,
2 with slender shafts having foliated capitals and deeply chamfered heads.
These were the Lavatory.
The north wing, which originally extended further north and has been cut off,
was the Prior's Lodging. It has a blocked pointed archway on the ground floor
and 3 similar window openings above containing modern windows. The ground
floor room which it contains is a vaulted under-croft. Some masonry further
north shows the point to which this wing extended. The north face of the west
wing has larger windows and a stone dormer.
Articles in the Sussex County Magazine Vol 2, p 2, in the Sussex Archaeological
Society's Collections Vols 6, p 129 and 67 p 1 and in Country Life of
23rd March 1935.

Listing NGR: TQ5589309322

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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