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Cathedral Cloister West Range

A Grade I Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7731 / 54°46'23"N

Longitude: -1.5772 / 1°34'37"W

OS Eastings: 427295

OS Northings: 542106

OS Grid: NZ272421

Mapcode National: GBR KFF7.BR

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.R945

Plus Code: 9C6WQCFF+74

Entry Name: Cathedral Cloister West Range

Listing Date: 6 May 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1121389

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110423

ID on this website: 101121389

Location: Durham Cathedral, Durham, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

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NZ 2742 SW (South side, off)

14/368 Cathedral cloister
6/5/52 west range


West range of cathedral cloister; comprising dormitory and undercroft; now
part of library, with vestries, treasury and restaurant beneath. C12
dormitory door and part of cloister wall; c.1400 rebuilding; 1849-53 conversion
to library. Circa 1400 work carried out by John Middleton, then by Peter Dryng,
with Ellis Harpour as roof carpenter, for Bishop Skirlaw. 1849 conversion by
P.C. Hardwick for Dean and Chapter library. Restoration of undercroft in C19
by Salvin, and in C20 by George Pace then Ian Curry. Coursed squared sandstone
with ashlar dressings; roof not visible. Basement and one high storey; 12
bays. Round arch of 3 orders, the inner 2 on shafts with cushion-capitals and
the outer, now altered, with impost blocks, and varied C12 mouldings; deeply-
moulded 2-centred arch to undercroft; further arched and square-headed vestry
doorways. At south end a wide 2-centred moulded arch of 3 orders to passage
through undercroft. Cloister: 9 arches with intersecting C18 tracery, on
dwarf walls with low rounded coping. Gabled buttresses; roll-moulded parapet.
Above the cloister are 15 paired cusped square-headed lights for carrels, under
6 tall 2-light windows with 2-centred arched and Perpendicular tracery under
dripmoulds; battlemented parapet.

Interior: rib-vaulted undercroft of 12 bays. Round columns with moulded
capitals and plinths. Dormitory has massive arched tie beams on wall posts
and stone corbels; struts to principals; cusped ridge beam.

Source: W. Page V.C.H. 1928 reprint, 1968 p. 130.

Listing NGR: NZ2729842116

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