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Chapter House of Hinton Priory

A Grade I Listed Building in Hinton Charterhouse, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.3314 / 51°19'52"N

Longitude: -2.3196 / 2°19'10"W

OS Eastings: 377829

OS Northings: 159189

OS Grid: ST778591

Mapcode National: GBR 0R4.GCF

Mapcode Global: VH96T.RS2R

Entry Name: Chapter House of Hinton Priory

Listing Date: 1 February 1956

Last Amended: 24 September 1984

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1320809

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32550

Location: Hinton Charterhouse, Bath and North East Somerset, BA2

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Civil Parish: Hinton Charterhouse

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text


11/121 Chapter House of Hinton Priory,
(formerly listed as the Chapel)

G.V. I

Chapter house with library and dovecote above, of the former Carthusian Hinton
Priory. Founded in 1232 as the charterhouse of Locus Dei at Hinton, by Ela
Longespee, widow of William Longespee. Rubble, freestone dressings and ashlar
gables; stone slate roofs. Consists of central square tower of 2 storeys and
attics and gabled on all 4 sides. Projecting east end of 2 storeys, the upper
one forming part of the later dovecote. To the north a wing projects towards
the site of the former church and includes an east-west corridor, now blocked,
and a passage to the church and stairtower. East elevation. 3 bays divided
by flat ashlar buttresses which are chamfered on the lower part. The east end
is at a lower level and has a small, plain lancet window in a chamfered surround
and under a hoodmould with carved head stops. Two tall lancets to the upper
parts of the western bays, also in chamfered surrounds and under hoodmoulds;
stringcourse at first floor level with corbels projecting below. Chamfered
and arched doorway projects at west. West elevation. Flat end buttresses
with off-sets. Plain lancet windows, as south elevation, and moulded pointed
doorway. North elevation. The main element is a tall, thin central tower
which houses a stair and lobby rooms. Gabled on the north side with a large
portion of the springer for a vault. Trefoil headed piscina and arched
doorway to passage at right. The west side has a lean-to over the passage
with a single, plain lancet window at the north end; above is another lancet
and a blocked, square window. At the east side is a 2 storey lean-to;
blocked corridor with arched east entrance; above is a 2-light window with
cusped, 4-centred heads. Interior. Chapterhouse of 3 bays with quadripartite
vaults: the western bays have chamfered ribs and the eastern bay has fillet
moulded ribs. 2 circular corbels at east, one on a twisted and fluted stem
and the other on a fluted stem with stiff-leaf ornament. One moulded, circular
corbel on a short fillet moulded shaft remains at the west: remains of a cill
band.Trefoil-headed piscina with carved spandrels and scalloped bowls, under a
fragmentary hoodmould. Square aumbry on north wall. Hoodmoulds to interior
of north and south windows; roll moulded surround to east window. Passage to
north: segmental headed doorway to stone newel stair at north west; blocked
4-centre headed doorway. First floor. Library of 2 bays with quadripartite
vaults; chamfered ribs on moulded circular corbels with fluted and twisted
stems. 2 other small rooms. Dovecote with sawn ashlar nesting boxes.
Scheduled as an Ancient Monument - Avon County No. 107. (N. Pevsner,
Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958. P.C. Fletcher,
Proceedings of Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 96, 1951
and 103, 1958/59. Archaeological Journal, 134, 1977. Mediaeval Archaeology,
2, 1951 and 3, 1959).

Listing NGR: ST7782659195

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