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Abbey Ruins, East Witton

Description: Abbey Ruins

Grade: I
Date Listed: 15 February 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 321616

OS Grid Reference: SE1717685753
OS Grid Coordinates: 417176, 485753
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2672, -1.7378

Location: East Witton Out Parish, North Yorkshire HG4 4PH

Locality: East Witton
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG4 4PH

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There is also a scheduled monument, Jervaulx Cistercian Abbey, Site of Post-Dissolution Grand House and Gardens and World War II Storage Structures, 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


4/37 Abbey Ruins
15.2.67 (formerly listed as
Jervaulx Abbey ruins
GV under General)


Ruins of Cistercian house moved to this site in 1156. Early English.
Sandstone ashlar. Church of nave, transepts and choir, with cloister on
south side of nave, flanked by chapter house to east, kitchen and dorter to
south. Footings of church stand up to about 1 metre high, showing an aisled
nave, transepts with eastern aisles anad short choir with lady chapel. Pier
bases octofoiled with keels. Lady Chapel, now containing stone coffins.
In the north transept a complete stone altar, and part in the south
transept. At the crossing a mutilated stone effigy of c1280, probably of
Ralph Fitz-Henry. Several medieval grave covers in the nave. To the south
of the church, the outline of the cloister. On its eastern side, with
2 round-headed windows, the chapter house, rectangular in plan, the walls
standing approximately 2 metres high, containing a stone bench on inside.
The vault rested on 6 surviving, though at time of resurvey recently
vandalized, monolithic octagonal marble columns with crocket capitals. To
the south, the square meat-kitchen walls standing to their full height, with
2 vast fireplaces. West of this, the monks' dormitory, its west wall
standing in its full length to its full height, with 9 lancet windows at
first floor level. Parts of other builings also, and innumerable
architectural fragments all over the site. VCH i, p 280ff. Scheduled as an
Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SE1718385742

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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