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Kirkham Priory, Westow

Description: Kirkham Priory

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 February 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 328745

OS Grid Reference: SE7359165782
OS Grid Coordinates: 473591, 465782
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0827, -0.8766

Location: Westow, North Yorkshire YO60 7JS

Locality: Westow
Local Authority: Ryedale District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO60 7JS

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There is also a scheduled monument with a similar name, Kirkham Priory Augustinian Monastery: Monastic Precinct, Three Fishponds, and Precinct Boundary, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This is probably the same structure or related to it in some way.

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Listing Text

SE 76 NW
(south side)
1/41 Kirkham Priory

Augustinian priory. Mid C12 to C15. Founded by Walter L'Espec, 1122-1130.
Sandstone and limestone ashlar and rubble. Church with associated monastic
buildings to south, and detached gatehouse to north west. Part of C13 east
wall of church survives almost to full height and has a surviving tall
shafted lancet with stiff leaf capitals. Of the monastic buildings,
substantial sections of the cloister (with fine C13 lavatorium and re-sited
Norman portal), refectory and infirmary, remain. A 6-bay arcade survives to
the west range with a passage with a sexpartite vault to the north. The
late C13 gatehouse is the most complete survival, standing to 2 storeys with
2 first-floor windows. Wide arch with filleted roll moulding surmounted by
gabled crocketed hood-mould enclosing trefoiled niche. Sculptures of Saint
George and the Dragon to left, David and Goliath to right, each under small
canopy. Pairs of shields above each group. String course. First floor:
vesica with ballflower decoration containing figure of Christ with figures
of Saint Philip and Saint Bartholomew in trefoiled niches below flanked by
2-light windows with blind quatrefoil panels to base and Kentish trefoil
tracery. Outer bays: unfilled statue niches. 5 continuous crocketed gables
form hood-mould over first-floor features. Stiff-leaf frieze and panelled
parapet. Pinnacled buttress to right. For full description and history see
English Heritage guide. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. English
Heritage, Kirkham Priory, Official Guide Book; Pevsner N, Yorkshire: York
and the East Riding.

Listing NGR: SE7356965801

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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