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Priory Gatehouse

A Grade I Listed Building in Cornworthy, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.3885 / 50°23'18"N

Longitude: -3.6588 / 3°39'31"W

OS Eastings: 282175

OS Northings: 55606

OS Grid: SX821556

Mapcode National: GBR QP.2TZX

Mapcode Global: FRA 3870.LFR

Entry Name: Priory Gatehouse

Listing Date: 9 February 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1291588

English Heritage Legacy ID: 100992

Location: Cornworthy, South Hams, Devon, TQ9

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Cornworthy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Cornworthy St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

CORNWORTHY
SX85NW CORNWORTHY
6/82 Priory Gatehouse
9.2.61

I

Gatehouse of Augustinian priory. Circa 1400 gatehouse of the priory of
Augustinian nuns which was founded here between 1205 and 1238.
Dressed shale rubble with granite dressings. Now roofless but with stone
vaulted carriageway
Plan: The circa 1400 gatehouse is all that survives above ground of the
early C13 priory, although there are distinct remains of walls to the south
east. The outer side of the gatehouse faces west. The main carriageway to
the right and a smaller footway through to the left of the carriageway.
Towards the back on the right hand side there is a stair turret, entered
from inside the main carriageway. There is a garderobe in the right hand
front corner (south west) of the gatehouse. The walls of the chamber above
the archways rise to gables at either side, the upper courses of which have
fallen. There was formerly a lower range on the left (north) side and an
adjoining wall on the right hand side at the front (south west).
Exterior: The west front has a large carriageway to the right with dressed
slate chamfered joists and a moulded granite 4-centred arch on moulder
corbels at the springing. Above the carriageway a small niche with an
unmoulded 3-centred granite head. To left of the west front the footway
has a chamfered shale round arch and a loop above to the right.
The opposite inside east elevation is similar but in reverse and without
the niche and loop, although there is a small loop to the left of the
carriageway. The south side has partly fallen. The doorway at the top of
the turret to the first floor chamber is now exposed to the exterior.
The north sided wall shows signs of the former lower range from which there
is a squint to the footway.
All the exterior walls have putlog holes.
Interior: The carriageway a stone vault with chamfered granite transverse
and longitudinal ribs, like a wagon roof, and a moulded granite wall plate
and fleuron bosses. The footway has a quadripartite vault with granite
ribs and carved bosses. The doorway inside the carriageway to the stair
turret has a moulded granite 2-centred arch with cusped spandrels; and a
stone newel stair. The garderobe to the first floor chamber has a
rectangular shaft.
Scheduled Ancient Monument No. 409


Listing NGR: SX8218055601

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