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Latton Priory

A Grade II* Listed Building in North Weald Bassett, Essex

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Latitude: 51.7386 / 51°44'18"N

Longitude: 0.1215 / 0°7'17"E

OS Eastings: 546579

OS Northings: 206558

OS Grid: TL465065

Mapcode National: GBR LDX.TTJ

Mapcode Global: VHHMF.2K2K

Entry Name: Latton Priory

Listing Date: 26 April 1984

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1111392

English Heritage Legacy ID: 118222

Location: North Weald Bassett, Epping Forest, Essex, CM17

County: Essex

District: Epping Forest

Civil Parish: North Weald Bassett

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Harlow St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text

4/26 Latton Priory


Ruined priory, early C14, converted to a barn. Flint rubble with some Roman
brick and dressings of Reigate stone, barn structure timber framed,
weatherboarded, roofed with handmade red clay tiles. Comprises (1) the
crossing and a little of the N and S transepts and nave of an Augustinian
priory, established in the C12, rebuilt in the early C14, already abandoned
by 1534, and (2) timber framed structures converting it to a barn, C17 and
later. The crossing has on each side a 2 centred-arch of 2 moulded orders
with a label; the responds are moulded and have each 3 attached shafts with
moulded capitals and bases. The N transept survives for approximately 3 metres
on each side. In the E wall there is a blocked 2-centred arch formerly opening
into a N chapel; the responds had attached shafts of which the moulded capitals
are visible; the E wall has a moulded string course internally and externally.
In the W wall is a blocked doorway with segmental pointed head on the E side
and 2-centred head on the W side, formerly opening into the N aisle.
Approximately metres of the E side of the S transept survives. There is a
blocked window with shafted splays and destroyed head; below the sill is a
moulded internal string course. Approximately 3.5 metres of the nave walls
survive. The weathering of the N aisle is visible externally and above it a
blocked sexfoiled circular window. In the S wall there is a blocked doorway
with moulded jambs of 2 orders, the E much repaired with brickwork, with 2-
centred arch on the inside, segmental pointed arch on the outside, both with
moulded labels. Piscina in the E wall of the N transept, with moulded and
shafted jambs, trefoiled head, drain missing, C14. E of the crossing, on the
site of the presbytery, there is a timber framed barn of 3 bays with hipped
roof. Jowled posts, primary straight bracing in walls, queen strut roof with
clasped purlins and no wind bracing, late C17. S of the crossing, incorporating
the remaining wall of the S transept, there is a 3-bay barn of similar structure
but of C19 construction. N of the crossing the remaining walls are sloped off
to form a lean-to, weatherboarded, roofed with machine-made red clay tiles. In
the NE angle there is a C20 extension of breeze blocks with steel stanchions and
corrugated iron roof. In the NW angle there is a lean-to roofed with corrugated
iron and C19 red clay Roman tiles. RCHM 3 (parish of Latton). Two engravings
of Latton Priory are included in J. and G. Storer: Antiquarian and Topographical
Cabinet, 1809, showing it in use as a barn then, but with more of it still
present. They state that the S transept collapsed about 1806. It is difficult
to reconcile their measurements with those of the RCHM. The post-dissolution
history is covered in B. Winstone: Epping and Ongar Highway Trust, 1891, 274-5.

Listing NGR: TL4657906558

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