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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1149116
English Heritage Legacy ID: 328745
Location: Westow, Ryedale, North Yorkshire, YO60
County: North Yorkshire
Civil Parish: Westow
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire
FIRBY KIRKHAM LANE
SE 76 NW
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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