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Prior's House (Boarding House of the Kings School)

A Grade I Listed Building in Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3977 / 52°23'51"N

Longitude: 0.2628 / 0°15'46"E

OS Eastings: 554055

OS Northings: 280149

OS Grid: TL540801

Mapcode National: GBR M6H.M96

Mapcode Global: VHHJ6.HZTT

Plus Code: 9F4297X7+34

Entry Name: Prior's House (Boarding House of the Kings School)

Listing Date: 23 September 1950

Last Amended: 19 June 1972

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1167326

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48700

Location: Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Ely

Built-Up Area: Ely

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Ely

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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TL 5479

Prior's House (Boarding House of the Kings School)

(formerly listed as Bishop's House (Priors House))


The Prior's House, now a boarding house of the King's School was largely rebuilt in the early C14 by Prior Crauden (1321-41), above the C12 vaulted undercroft with groined vaults and transverse arches in the northern part and C14 vaults to the south part. The hall was originally connected to the Prior's Study (now demolished) and his private chapel by a gallery. A wing at the north east end was originally the porch to the Prior's Great Hall (Old Hall) which stood to the north of it. The upper storey contained the Audit Chamber. In the C15 a staircase wing was erected at the south east end and in the C17 a building was added adjoining the south east corner of the hall and extending eastwards.

The hall is built mainly of Carr stone rubble with Barnack stone dressings and a considerable amount of C14 brickwork. It has a parapet and string course and is buttresses. On the ground storey there are C14 pointed arched windows with "Decorated" tracery and on the first storey there are early C16 square windows with three and four arched lights. Roof tiled, with arched braces to the principals and arched windbraces.

The interior has Norman and medieval features including a particularly fine early C14 fireplace on the north west side of the Hall (once in Prior Crauden's study), with a sloping overmantel, castellated frieze and corner turrets, carried on carved corbels with heads.

The Great Hall (Bishop's residence), the Queen's Hall (Headmaster's House Wall to the garden of the Bishop's residence, Guest Quarters of the Monastery, Walls to the Guest Quarters of the Monastery and Ely Porta, Prior's House (Boarding House of the King's School) Prior Crauden's Chapel, Walls to the garden of the Prior's House, Ely Porta, Barn and Storehouse of the Monastery and Wall to the Barn and Storehouse form a group with Bishop's Palace, Walls to the Bishop's Palace, and Nos 2 to 8 (consec) and No 9 (stables to Bishop's Palace), The Gallery. See also general group description under the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity.

Listing NGR: TL5405580149

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