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Description: St Oswalds Priory
Date Listed: 23 January 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 472406
OS Grid Reference: SO8304219007
OS Grid Coordinates: 383042, 219007
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8694, -2.2477
There is also a scheduled monument, St Oswald's Priory (St Catherine's Church), 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.
SO81NW PRIORY ROAD
844-1/3/246 (South side)
23/01/52 St Oswald's Priory
The ruined remains of the north aisle of the nave of the
former Augustinian Priory of St Oswald. Founded by St
Athelflaed c900; major C12 and C13 alterations and additions
and later medieval and post medieval alterations of various
dates. Following the dissolution the priory was largely
demolished except for the aisle which was converted for use as
the parish church of St Catherine. Rubble, including masonry
reused from Roman buildings, ashlar details. The standing
remains comprise the north wall of the Saxon church remodelled
in the C12 with the insertion of an arcade when the nave was
enlarged by the addition of aisles.
EXTERIOR: four early C12 bays with round arches on piers with
scalloped capitals: bays to west infilled with reset with
reset C12 masonry (including two blocks with chevron) and C15
doorway with moulded surround; second bay to east infilled;
bay to east has Saxon arch over C12 arch which represents
later infill; to east of this, and on north-facing wall, is
C13 trefoiled piscina and blocked square-headed opening with
chamfered jambs and reset medieval masonry; projecting as spur
to north-east is early C13 arch and wall with scalloped
capitals. Two early C13 bays to the west with higher pointed
arches and worn foliate capitals: infilled in rubble and
ashlar, with early C16 three-light and 2-light stone-mullioned
windows with sunk spandrels; projecting spur wall to
south-west and to centre between bays with chamfered
single-light window. The form of the Anglo-Saxon church has
been established by Heighway.
(The Anglo-Saxon Church: Heighway C: A Reconstruction of the
Tenth Century Church of St Oswald: London: 1986-: 188-195).
Listing NGR: SO8304019007
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Source: English Heritage
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