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Haughmond Abbey

A Grade I Listed Building in Uffington, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.7318 / 52°43'54"N

Longitude: -2.68 / 2°40'47"W

OS Eastings: 354179

OS Northings: 315119

OS Grid: SJ541151

Mapcode National: GBR BM.0WDQ

Mapcode Global: WH8BN.TL0M

Entry Name: Haughmond Abbey

Listing Date: 17 February 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1052157

English Heritage Legacy ID: 361543

Location: Uffington, Shropshire, SY4

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Uffington

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Uffington Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text

SJ 51 NW UFFINGTON C.P. B5062 (north-west side)

1/76 Haughmond Abbey


Abbey, now ruinous. Augustinian, founded 1130 by William Fitz Alan of Clun;
rebuilt in late C12, abbot's lodgings added C13 and modified C14, including
the kitchens; the abbey was suppressed in 1539 and converted into a dwelling.
White sandstone rubble and ashlar. The plan lies against (and partially cut
into) Haughmond Hill to the east: the church is to the north of the cloister,
with chapter house on the east of the cloisters; frater to the south and
cellars to the west; the remainder of the layout (unusually) lies to the
south with dorter and warming house adjoining a slype south of the chapter
house and situated to the east of a court facing the kitchens; the abbot's
lodgings aligned at right-angles to the infirmary close the south side of
the quadrangle; the reredorter is set diagonally to the east of the abbot's
lodgings and adjoins the south end of the dorter range. The infirmary and
abbot's lodging is the most substantial part of the ruin, and is now the
point of approach to the complex. The church, aisleless and with staggered
apses to the transepts is razed; the doorway to the north-west corner of
the cloisters remains with shafts, shaft rings and decorated Norman capitals;
geometrical motifs on the south side; of the other remains is the west
cloister wall containing a large lavatorium; chapter house: with 3 large
late C12 arches, the outer pair with smaller windows and the centre a doorway;
shafts divide the arches all with foliated capitals; the C16 domestic conversion
left massive moulded ceiling beams; the east wall is cut off and has a bay
window and buttresses to the angles. Kitchens: 3 chimneys still remain to
a respectable height, the centre of C14, the others of C15. Infirmary: of 3
bays divided by buttresses on the south side, window with pointed arched
2-light and transomed trefoil heads. Abbot's Lodging: gable end with angle
buttresses to east has an inserted large 3-sided bay window of C15 or early
C16 design with 2 Tudor-arch lights to each face within moulded square-headed
frames. Excavations in 1975-79 defined the plan of an early C12 Church with
subsequent addition of a small cloister, all demolished at the time of the
late C12 rebuilding. The site is in Guardianship and is Scheduled as an
Ancient Monument. V.C.H., Vol.II (1973), Pp.68-9; B.o.E., Pp.140-143;
Medieval Archeology, Vol.XXIV (1980), Pp.210-213, 240-1; David Knowles
& J.K.S. St.Joseph, Monastic Sites from the Air, Cambridge University
Press (1952), Pp.204-5.

Listing NGR: SJ5418615134

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