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Kirkham Priory

A Grade I Listed Building in Westow, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0827 / 54°4'57"N

Longitude: -0.8766 / 0°52'35"W

OS Eastings: 473591

OS Northings: 465783

OS Grid: SE735657

Mapcode National: GBR QPB7.06

Mapcode Global: WHFBM.HMTZ

Entry Name: Kirkham Priory

Listing Date: 11 February 1987

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1149116

English Heritage Legacy ID: 328745

Location: Westow, Ryedale, North Yorkshire, YO60

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

Civil Parish: Westow

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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Listing Text

SE 76 NW
(south side)
1/41 Kirkham Priory

Augustinian priory. Mid C12 to C15. Founded by Walter L'Espec, 1122-1130.
Sandstone and limestone ashlar and rubble. Church with associated monastic
buildings to south, and detached gatehouse to north west. Part of C13 east
wall of church survives almost to full height and has a surviving tall
shafted lancet with stiff leaf capitals. Of the monastic buildings,
substantial sections of the cloister (with fine C13 lavatorium and re-sited
Norman portal), refectory and infirmary, remain. A 6-bay arcade survives to
the west range with a passage with a sexpartite vault to the north. The
late C13 gatehouse is the most complete survival, standing to 2 storeys with
2 first-floor windows. Wide arch with filleted roll moulding surmounted by
gabled crocketed hood-mould enclosing trefoiled niche. Sculptures of Saint
George and the Dragon to left, David and Goliath to right, each under small
canopy. Pairs of shields above each group. String course. First floor:
vesica with ballflower decoration containing figure of Christ with figures
of Saint Philip and Saint Bartholomew in trefoiled niches below flanked by
2-light windows with blind quatrefoil panels to base and Kentish trefoil
tracery. Outer bays: unfilled statue niches. 5 continuous crocketed gables
form hood-mould over first-floor features. Stiff-leaf frieze and panelled
parapet. Pinnacled buttress to right. For full description and history see
English Heritage guide. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. English
Heritage, Kirkham Priory, Official Guide Book; Pevsner N, Yorkshire: York
and the East Riding.

Listing NGR: SE7356965801

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