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Banwell Abbey The Cloisters, Banwell

Description: Banwell Abbey The Cloisters

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 9 February 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 33358

OS Grid Reference: ST4002259136
OS Grid Coordinates: 340022, 159136
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3281, -2.8622

Location: 20 A368, Banwell, North Somerset BS29 6BN

Locality: Banwell
County: North Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BS29 6BN

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Listing Text


5/20 Banwell Abbey and The Cloisters
G.V. II*

2 houses, formerly one bishop's residence constructed within or on site of
monastic foundation. C14 and perhaps earlier, C15 and major reworkings in early
and late C19. (Hans Price, 1870). Rubble, ashlar, slate roofs. Main block;
6 windows between buttresses, 3 storeys, 4 in west tower, middle bay breaks
forward; mixed fenestration some 2 light mullioned under pointed dripmoulds,
some square headed; some sashes some casements; the whole battlemented, central
pediment bears crozier, end buttresses surmounted by finials; 3 stage polygonal
tower to. left with single pointed lights gargoyles and battlements; parallel
range has 2 embattled gables, a round headed entrance under an embattled, gabled
porch and 2 light windows under drips; in east gable is a substantial fragment
of a large perpendicular window. Various single storey rear outbuildings, all
gabled. Interior is a superb Victorian pastiche with a double height hall with
large dog leg staircase, ornate plastered rooms with flat arch fireplaces, some
of C16 origin. Former chapel and cloister; to right (east)of main block the
former chapel now has 2 storeys, at east end is a 3 light window of the C14 above
C20 plain chamfered surround windows, to south an embattled tower with single
lights and a porch in the re-entrant angle. C19 single storey wing which runs
north from former chapel has cusped 3 light windows and a pointed arch entrance
below battlements and between buttresses with finials. Interior contains
remnants of the cloister walk with 2 light C15 cusped windows. (Source:
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958).

Listing NGR: ST4002259136

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Source: English Heritage

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