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Christchurch Priory and Parish Church

A Grade I Listed Building in Christchurch, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.7322 / 50°43'55"N

Longitude: -1.7742 / 1°46'27"W

OS Eastings: 416031

OS Northings: 92531

OS Grid: SZ160925

Mapcode National: GBR 55J.27R

Mapcode Global: FRA 7754.NMF

Plus Code: 9C2WP6JG+V8

Entry Name: Christchurch Priory and Parish Church

Listing Date: 14 October 1953

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1110141

English Heritage Legacy ID: 101493

Location: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Dorset, BH23

County: Dorset

Electoral Ward/Division: Town Centre

Built-Up Area: Christchurch

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Christchurch Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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14-OCT-53 (South side)


A monastery existed here before the Conquest and is recorded in Doomsday Book. The present church was begun by Ralph Flambard in the Cll and C12. The Crypts beneath the Presbytery and Transepts, the Transepts {themselves} (with later windows inserted) but including the fine Norman turret at the north-eastern corner of the North Transept and the Nave are all of this period although the Clerestory is C13. The Aisles were remodelled in C13 and the very large North Porch is also of the C13. The Lady Chapel is early C15 with a Reredos of mid C15 date. The Chancel and its stalls C15. The West Tower was dedicated in early C16. The Choir has a fine, mid C14 Reredos. Numerous monuments and Chantry Chapels including that of Margaet Pole, Countess of Salisbury and her son Cardinal Pole, later Archbishop of Canterbury. Memorial to the poet Shelley at west end.

Nos 10 to 13 (consec) (with its railings and wall), form a group with Nos 14 to 16 (consec) with associated wall and with the Priory Church, the gates to the churchyard, the sundial and boundary walls to churchyard and Garden of Rememberance.

Christchurch Priory forms the focal point of several groups of buildings as well as being the most prominent feature in the distant view of the town.

Listing NGR: SZ1603192529

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