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Remains of Abbey or Priory in Grounds of the Monastery Garden

A Grade I Listed Building in Edington, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2793 / 51°16'45"N

Longitude: -2.1061 / 2°6'22"W

OS Eastings: 392692

OS Northings: 153352

OS Grid: ST926533

Mapcode National: GBR 2VN.NBQ

Mapcode Global: VH97B.F3XN

Plus Code: 9C3V7VHV+PG

Entry Name: Remains of Abbey or Priory in Grounds of the Monastery Garden

Listing Date: 11 September 1968

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021493

English Heritage Legacy ID: 313796

Location: Edington, Wiltshire, BA13

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Edington

Built-Up Area: Edington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Edington and Imber

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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ST 95 SW
(north side)
5/157 Remains of Abbey or Priory
in grounds of The Monastery
11.9.68 Garden
Walls of former priory enclosing two large rectangular gardens.
Probably C14, altered during early C17 for Sir William Paulet and
Lady Beauchamp. Dressed limestone and rubble stone. Walls are
approximately 3-4 metres high, with pitched or saddlebacked stone
coping. Northern enclosure entered from south by C18 semi-
circular arched gateway with moulded imposts and keystone, two
pineapple urns set on top of wall coping, angled north west corner
of this enclosure has moulded stone Tudor-arched doorway, possibly
C15. South enclosure has two garden features of c1600: a pair of
shell-headed niches with strapwork-carved frieze and moulded
cornice set into west side, between garden and churchyard and a 2-
bay loggia on south wall with chanelled rustication to square piers
and semi-circular arches with imposts decorated with pellets,
strapwork-carved frieze to moulded cornice and double gables, rear
is canted out from wall with Welsh slate lean-to roof, interior has
recessed wooden panelling and wooden seat. Enclosure to north of
Church of St Mary, St Katherine and All Saints (q.v.), has north
wall retaining remains of monastic building; 40 metre length of
ashlar wall with pitched coping incorporating cylindrical piers as
buttresses with conical cappings and moulded bases. The wall is
clearly a later addition to the piers, which may have formed part
of the claustral buildings on the north side of the church, ten
bays are represented, extending west to The Priory (q.v.).
William of Edington founded a chantry here in 1351, at a church
formerly held by the Abbess of Romsey, the foundation was
transferred to the Bonshommes and the present Church (q.v.)
dedicated in 1361. The monastic enclosure lay to the north and
the walls, although subsequently altered and repaired are all
that remain. After the Dissolution the buildings and land were
granted to Sir Thomas Seymour and then bought by Sir William
Paulet, Marquis of Winchester, who probably created the garden
Scheduled Ancient Monument, Wiltshire, No 828.
(VCH, Wiltshire, Vol 8, 1965; RCHM (England), Salisbury;
unpublished records)

Listing NGR: ST9266453504

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