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The Priory Gatehouse, Usk

Description: The Priory Gatehouse

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 February 1953
Cadw Building ID: 2126

OS Grid Coordinates: 337836, 200795
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7020, -2.8996

Location: 9, St Mary's Way, Usk NP15 1BD

Locality: Usk
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales
Postcode: NP15 1BD

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There is also a scheduled monument, Usk Priory Gatehouse, 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.

Listing Text

At right angles to the churchyard entrance, on a corner site, facing up Priory Street to Twyn Square.

C16 gatehouse to the priory complex. The northern ditch of the Roman legionary fortress underlies the building. Room above arch used as a snooker room in C19.


Late medieval Gothic gatehouse. Built of stone rubble with roughly dressed quoins and voussoirs and some ashlar dressings; stone-tiled roof with kneelers, coping and apex stones, stone ridge tiles and one large tiered lateral stack with cornice at W. Gable-end facade. Central almost round-arched simply chamfered archway with long narrow voussoirs and double wooden gates in 6 sections with pierced Gothic tracery. Rectangular window above of 4 narrow pointed-arched lights with mullions and carved spandrels, iron armature, close hoodmould, relieving arch; rectangular apex light. W elevation has small rectangular upper lights; a noticeable vertical construction break. E elevation has a chamfered Tudor-arched small ground floor doorway and a similar mullioned first floor window currently invisible as covered with ivy. Inside the gateway, a cobbled and flagged surface, unrendered side walls, a ceiling of 3 chamfered and stopped cross beams and long joists. Chamfered Tudor-arched doorway with vertically panelled door and deep lintel to front right; blocked square-headed doorway with wooden lintel at rear left.

Reason for Listing
Listed Grade I as a rare and almost complete surviving monastic gatehouse. Group value with the Priory complex and other listed buildings in Priory Street. Scheduled Ancient Monument 13/2180 MM090 (MON).

Leaver Ann, A Portrait of Usk, 1989;
Mein AG, Norman Usk, 1986;
Newman J, Gwent/Monmouthshire, Buildings of Wales series, 2000, p 587.

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.

At right angles to the churchyard entrance, on a corner site, facing up Priory Street to Twyn Square.

Source: Cadw

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