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St Hugh's Monastery, Cowfold

Description: St Hugh's Monastery

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 4 September 1980
English Heritage Building ID: 299175

OS Grid Reference: TQ2064420698
OS Grid Coordinates: 520644, 120698
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9731, -0.2830

Location: Cowfold, West Sussex RH13 8EB

Locality: Cowfold
Local Authority: Horsham District Council
County: West Sussex
Country: England
Postcode: RH13 8EB

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Listing Text

5404 Parkminster
St Hugh's Monastery
TQ 22 SW 17/581 4.9.80.


Carthusian monastery built in 1875-83 in French Gothic style. Architect Monsieur
Norman of Calais. The plan comprises an entrance courtyard, 2 small internal
courtyards and a large cloistered courtyard, containing an orchard. Only
Carthusian monastery in England. In the entrance quadrangle the Chapel stands
opposite the gate, in the centre of and with its axis at right angles to
the west side of the quadrangle. Its west front, which is the most important
feature of the quadrangle, is flanked by spires joined by a balustrade with
a recessed gable standing behind this and machicolation below the balustrade.
Above the doorway are 3 windows of 2 round-headed lights, each with round-headed
tympanum above and machicolation below. In the centre of the ground floor
is an elaborate round-headed Romanesque (or Norman) doorway with clustered
shafts and a carved tympanum. Above the arch is a gable surmounted by a statue.
On either side of the doorway are 2 round-headed windows similar to those
above. The remainder of the courtyard has a covered and glazed projecting
cloister all round it with large round-headed arches. The buildings above
are of 2 storeys and attic. Coursed stone. Six windows and 3 gabled dormers
on each side of the Chapel on the west side of the quadrangle. Ten windows
and 5 gabled dormers to the north and south sides of the quadrangle. The
gatehouse on the east side has a high round arch with a French Renaissance
roof and a 2 storey building of 4 windows on each side. At the west end of
the Chapel is the central clock tower and spire of the Monastery which forms
the centre of the east side of the large quadrangle. The interior of this
quadrangle consists only of a plain wall with a glazed cloister all round.
Round it on the north, west and south sides are grouped the cells of the fathers.
Each cell consists constructionally of a small L-shaped house of 2 storey
with 2 rooms on each floor and a small corridor for exercise in wet weather.
Behind each cell is a small garden for exercise in fine weather, each enclosed
behind a high wall. All the windows of the cells look on to these gardens.
The only connection with the cloister on the inner side of the courtyard is
a door to each cell and a hatch for passing food through.

Listing NGR: TQ2064420698

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Source: English Heritage

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