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Latitude: 52.4484 / 52°26'54"N
Longitude: -0.1029 / 0°6'10"W
OS Eastings: 529025
OS Northings: 285069
OS Grid: TL290850
Mapcode National: GBR K2R.JSN
Mapcode Global: VHGLC.5QGG
Entry Name: Gatehouse to Ramsey Abbey
Listing Date: 1 May 1951
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1130258
English Heritage Legacy ID: 54425
Location: Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE26
Civil Parish: Ramsey
Built-Up Area: Ramsey
Traditional County: Huntingdonshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire
Church of England Parish: Ramsey St Thomas a Becket
Church of England Diocese: Ely
TL 2885-2985 RAMSEY ABBEY GREEN
12/22 (south side)
1.5.51 Gatehouse to
Late C15. Parts of east wall, north and south turrets and adjoining lodge of Abbey
Gatehouse. Rubblestone with Barnack ashlar. Two storeys. Moulded plinth. North
turret octagonal with embattled cornice between storeys. Each face of ground floor
has 2 panels with cinquefoil and subcusped heads. Part only of similar panels
survives at first floor. North wall with similar cornice continued at lower level.
One 2-light window with moulded mullion and square head at ground floor. Richly
decorated square oriel of 2 cinquefoil at first floor. Oriel carried on corbel
decorated with band of quatrefoils and string of foliate bosses. On either side of
window head is a band of subcusped quatrefoils, carved foliate bosses and embattled
cornice. The buttress to the east has moulded off-sets and a panel on the face with
cinquefoil head. South elevation similar to north, except that only part of ground
floor of south turret survives, and south window has been cut down to form a doorway.
Door with carved and moulded head. West side of east wall has sealed doorway in
4-centred head and part of jambs of north arch and a shaft in the adjoining angle.
Early C19 gateway in north wall to the east. Barnack ashlar. Two centred arch with
gabled bell turret above. By Sir John Soane. Modern stone extension in angle of
north wall and lodge.
Interior: two centred arches to doorways to stair turrets. Late C13 effigy of Ailwyn,
founder of Ramsey Abbey. Alabaster. Reset from Ramsey Abbey. Fragments of bosses in
modern extension. Part of gatehouse incorporated in gatehouse to Hinchingbrooke
R.C.H.M. Hunts p208
V.C.H. Hunts (ii)
Peysner Buildings of England (Beds, Hunts and Peterborough) (p264)
Sir John Soane's Museum, Lincoln Inn
Fields. Drawer 46, Sets 5 (4-7).
Listing NGR: TL2902585069
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