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Bushmead Priory

A Grade I Listed Building in Staploe, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.2335 / 52°14'0"N

Longitude: -0.3676 / 0°22'3"W

OS Eastings: 511576

OS Northings: 260730

OS Grid: TL115607

Mapcode National: GBR H28.XJG

Mapcode Global: VHFPX.L404

Plus Code: 9C4X6JMJ+9X

Entry Name: Bushmead Priory

Listing Date: 7 May 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146475

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36564

Location: Staploe, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Staploe

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Eaton Socon

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Former refectory belonging to Augustinian priory. Late C13 origins through to
C16 or C17. Cobblestone and rubble walls with ashlar dressings. Roof
restored 1983. 5-bay plan, 2 storeys, the first floor inserted later,
probably in C16. Crown post roof, posts octagonal with carved bases and caps.
W gable end : large window with 2-centred arched head, hood mould with
grotesque mask stops; C16 floor beams were carried on its sill, and it was
reduced in size and given perpendicular tracery; single stage buttresses. S
elevation, L to R : 2-centred arched blocked doorway. Perpendicular doorway
with detached shafts and cinquefoiled tympanum. Stone mullion and transom
ground floor window. Central doorway with 2-centred head, surmounted by 4-
light window with stone mullions and 2-centred heads, both C15. 2 2-light
ground floor windows, one 3-light and one 4-light window to first floor, all
C16 or C17, with stone mullions and 4-centred heads, one with hood mould and
nead stop, some retaining early glass. (NW Alcock, "Bushmead Priory,
Bedfordshire", Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 1970, pp 50-
57.) In D.O.E. Guardianship.

Listing NGR: TL1157660730

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