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The Painted Chamber (Walsingham House)

A Grade I Listed Building in Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3981 / 52°23'52"N

Longitude: 0.2646 / 0°15'52"E

OS Eastings: 554172

OS Northings: 280194

OS Grid: TL541801

Mapcode National: GBR M6H.MQ7

Mapcode Global: VHHJ6.JZQJ

Plus Code: 9F4297X7+6R

Entry Name: The Painted Chamber (Walsingham House)

Listing Date: 23 September 1950

Last Amended: 19 June 1972

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1126509

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48709

Location: Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Ely

Built-Up Area: Ely

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Ely

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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TL 5479

The Painted Chamber (Walsingham House)

(formerly listed as part of Residences incorporating remains of Infirmary including Chapel)


The Painted Chamber now, a boarding house of King's School was built in the early C14 by Sacrist Alan of Walsingham for his own occupation. It is built of Carr Stone rubble with Barnaok (or similar) stone dressings and has much brick patching and brick parapets. The hall was raised above a vaulted undercroft. On the south side (on Infirmary Lane), there is a bay of the C12 Infirmary arcade, with richly ornamented arch and capitals. The east and west fronts are divided by buttresses with splayed internal angles. The windows are squared, with two lights with trefoil arched heads. The north west corner has angle buttresses rising to an octagonal turret at parapet level and the north east corner has an octagonal staircase tower rising above a massive buttress with three offsets. A heavy chimney breast projects on the north side above a single storey projection with a lean-to roof.

In the interior, at the south end, there is a fine C12 doorway with a semi-circular tympanum, originally an external doorway leading from the north aisle of the Infirmary to the monks cemetery.

The Dark Cloister, Powcher's Hall, the Painted Chamber (Walsingham House), the Chapel of the Infirmary (Deanery), The Black Hostelry and Cellarers Chamber, and Cellarers House (Boarding House of King's School) form a group. See also general group description under the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity.

Listing NGR: TL5417280194

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