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Latitude: 55.3219 / 55°19'18"N
Longitude: -1.6732 / 1°40'23"W
OS Eastings: 420837
OS Northings: 603136
OS Grid: NU208031
Mapcode National: GBR J6RX.K2
Mapcode Global: WHC1Z.8HHJ
Entry Name: Ruins of Church or Chapel
Listing Date: 3 December 1969
Last Amended: 15 September 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1153531
English Heritage Legacy ID: 236687
Location: Acklington, Northumberland, NE65
Civil Parish: Acklington
Traditional County: Northumberland
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland
Church of England Parish: Acklington St John the Divine
Church of England Diocese: Newcastle
NU 20 SW
Ruins of Church
or Chapel (formerly listed
3.12.69 as Priory (Chapel of St
Church or Chapel. Nave late C11 or C12; chancel C13 or C14. Nave squared
stone with some long blocks in lower courses, and irregular alternate quoins;
chancel slightly-poorer mansonry; cut dressings. Nave, formerly with 2-bay
south aisle,and chancel.
West end has lower jambs of narrow central window; north wall full height
but featureless. West part of chancel north wall is C19 rebuild; in east
part a blocked doorway with pointed head cut from two large blocks (c.f.
Bothal). East end is C18 graveyard wall apparently on old foundations.
South chancel wall shows priest's door with double-chamfered depressed arch;
jambs of large C14 window to the east and a smaller, perhaps low-side, window
Interior: Nave 9.1 x 4.8 metres; chancel 8.7 x 4.8 metres. Walls c.0.8
metres thick except for west end 0.95 metres. Moulded corbel at north-west
corner and sockets for braces to roof trusses in nave north wall; bases of
semicircular east respond and circular central pier of the south arcade.
Chancel has tall rear arch to blocked north door with semicircular arch above
lintel; an apparent keystone hints at post-medieval alteration; aumbry to
South wall shows trefoiled piscina with remains of twin bowls; shouldered
inner jambs to C14 windows.
C19 concrete paving throughout with 1864 ledger slab to Tate family at west
Historical note: A Premonstratension nunnery at 'Gysnes' (Guyzance) was
founded in early C12 by Richard Tison, and converted to a parochial curacy
before the Dissolution. Early documents mention both the 'capella monialum'
(monastery church) and the 'ecclesia de Gisyng' (church of Guyzance) so it is
hard to say which the present ruin represents; foundations to the south and
south-east suggest the buildings of a small religious house.
Scheduled Ancient Monument (NU 209032)
Listing NGR: NU2083703136
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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