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Abbey Gatehouse, Easby

Description: Abbey Gatehouse

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 February 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 322111

OS Grid Reference: NZ1859700276
OS Grid Coordinates: 418597, 500276
Latitude/Longitude: 54.3976, -1.7151

Location: Love Lane, Easby, North Yorkshire DL10 7EU

Locality: Easby
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL10 7EU

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There is also a scheduled monument, Easby Abbey Premonstratensian Monastery: Monastic Precinct, Cultivation Terraces, Water-Management Features and Ancillary Buildings, 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

NZ 10 SE

4/45 Abbey Gatehouse
(formerly listed with
4.2.69 Easby Abbey Ruins)


Gatehouse to Premonstratensian Abbey of St Agatha. Early C14. Sandstone
rubble with ashlar dressings. 2 storeys, 3 internal bays. Outer gable end,
facing north-east: pilaster buttresses at sides, with splayed chamfered
plinths terminating in roll. Chamfered semicircular arch within double-
chamfered pointed arch under label with head stops, rising from triple
responds with Early English capitals with nailhead decoration. First-floor
sill band continuous around corner buttresses. First-floor 2-light pointed
window with Y tracery, with 2 side trefoils and a pointed quatrefoil at the
top. 2 water-chutes drain the inserted roof at first-floor level. In
gable, blocked 2-light window with flat stiff-leaf in the blind spandrel
above. Coped gable. Inner gable end, facing south-west: buttresses and
sill band as before; arched opening as before but without nailhead; first-
floor 2-light pointed window with quatrefoil in tracery, and label with head
stops. North-west side: pilaster buttresses at ends as before. Doorway
opening at inner (right) end. Rough stonework where external steps gave
access to first-floor chamber. South-east side: in addition to end
buttresses, 2 more in centre. Central blocked doorway, also one at inner
(left) end, quoined, with segmental-pointed head. Chamfered single-light
window in centre of first floor. Corbel table. Interior: cross wall
between outermost and central bays, with chamfered semicircular openings,
larger to carriageway, smaller to postern openings, with labels. 3 bays of
quadripartite vaulting which has chamfered ribs with masons' marks rising
from Early English corbels. Inner faces of capitals of responds of inner
and outer archways have leaf-stops with entwined stems, each of different
design. Chamfered segmental rear arches to inner and outer archways. In
central bay, blocked opposing doorways. In innermost bay, opposing
chamfered pointed doorways. Probably the best preserved monastic gatehouse
in Yorkshire. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. A Hamilton Thompson, Easby
Abbey (DOE Official Handbook); VCH i, pp 53-59.

Listing NGR: NZ1859700278

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Source: English Heritage

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