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St Martins Priory Ruins, St Martin's

Description: St Martins Priory Ruins

Grade: I
Date Listed: 19 December 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 322179

OS Grid Reference: NZ1775500745
OS Grid Coordinates: 417755, 500745
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4019, -1.7280

Locality: St Martin's
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL10 4SJ

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There is also a scheduled monument, St Martin's Benedictine Priory, Richmond, 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 (east side)

4/113 St Martin's Priory Ruins


Marked on Ordnance Survey Map as Remains of St Martin's Priory
(Benedictine). Ruins of small medieval monastic house. C12, or possibly
earlier, and C15. Sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings. Medieval plan
indeterminate, as some of the stone has been reused for field and garden
walls but main ruins are a tower-like structure, possibly a gatehouse, and
the western section of rectilinear structure, probably the church, linked by
a wall. Tower: C15. 3 storeys, 1 bay. Quoins. West elevation: coursed
rubble to lowest storey, with double-chamfered pointed-arch doorway with
continuous moulding and label; first-floor chamfered cross window (the
mullions a C19 restoration); second-floor vent. Crenellated C19 restoration
of roofline has replaced original pitched roof, the kneelers of which
remain. Left return: buttress to left. Right return: single-light first-
floor window; second-floor vent; lean-to addition containing stone spiral
staircase with access in rear wall. Interior: rubble barrel-vault to
ground-floor chamber which has, in left and right walls, a tiny vent with
very deeply-splayed reveals. Church: rubble walls of C12, or possibly
earlier. West elevation: round-arched doorway of 2 chevroned orders, 1
formerly shafted, with weathered scalloped capitals. Above, a C15
segmental-arched window with fragments of 3 lights with Perpendicular
tracery. Left return: remains of stepped buttresses at both ends of
surviving wall, and matching Perpendicular window at a lower level. On
right return, upper part of hollow-chamfered pointed-arched doorway. The
wall between church and tower contains a segmental-arched doorway. St
Martin's Farmhouse to the west, not included in the listing, with a
medieval-looking buttress, and the surround of a 2-light mullion window on
the north end, may represent a guesthouse. In 1100, land and a chapel
dedicated to St Martin were given by Wymar, Steward to the Earl of Richmond,
to St Mary's Abbey in York, which made St Martin's a Cell under a Prior.
Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. VCH i, p 307.

Listing NGR: NZ1776700755

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Source: English Heritage

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