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Hulne Friary; Ruins of Church and Claustral Buildings

A Grade I Listed Building in Denwick, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.4352 / 55°26'6"N

Longitude: -1.7434 / 1°44'36"W

OS Eastings: 416336

OS Northings: 615731

OS Grid: NU163157

Mapcode National: GBR J58L.CG

Mapcode Global: WHC1C.6N25

Plus Code: 9C7WC7P4+3M

Entry Name: Hulne Friary; Ruins of Church and Claustral Buildings

Listing Date: 31 December 1969

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1042054

English Heritage Legacy ID: 236399

Location: Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, NE66

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Denwick

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Alnwick

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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6/63 Hulne Friary;
ruins of church and
claustral buildings

Ruins of Carmelite Friary. Foundation c.1240 by William de Vesci; claustral
buildings converted into house in C16; some late C18/early C19 alterations.
Squared stone. Long aisleless church with south-east sacristy; cloister on
south; east range incorporating cloister walk, with chapter house and warming
house/reredorterblock both projecting to east. West gable of church with tall
lancet and vesica above; south wall has 3 trefoiled lancets above corbelling
for cloister roof, doorway to walking place between nave and choir, two 2-
light windows to west of sacristy, triple sedilia and part of piscina. North
wall and east end much reduced. Gabled 2-storey sacristy has piscina and
recess with bowl, shelf and flue. Chapter house has double-chamfered door
and 4 trefoiled lancets on south; warming house with fireplace. Transomed
windows in south gable end of east range may be post-Dissolution alterations,
as are blocked openings in south wall of cloister. Wall on west of cloister
is outer wall of former west range, with attached C18 Gothick privy below
earlier 1st floor fireplace and stack; to right is C18 summerhouse (q.v.).

Unusual graveslab with Tau cross in floor of nave; worn slab set in west end
of church brought in early C19 from St. Waleric's Church at Alnmouth. C18
statue of praying friar by south wall of chapter house.

The best preserved and probably the earliest Carmelite friary in England;
foundations of other buildings, identified from C16 survey, excavated 1888-9
by Duke of Northumberland, but now covered over.

W.H. St. John Hope, 'On the Whitefriars or Carmelites of Hulne, Northumberland'.
Archaeol. J. XLVII (1890) 105-129.

Listing NGR: NU1637315700

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