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Powcher's Hall

A Grade I Listed Building in Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3981 / 52°23'53"N

Longitude: 0.2643 / 0°15'51"E

OS Eastings: 554156

OS Northings: 280201

OS Grid: TL541802

Mapcode National: GBR M6H.MN0

Mapcode Global: VHHJ6.JZLH

Plus Code: 9F4297X7+6P

Entry Name: Powcher's Hall

Listing Date: 23 September 1950

Last Amended: 19 June 1972

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1167407

English Heritage Legacy ID: 48708

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

Powcher's Hall

(formerly listed as part of Residences incorporating remains of Infirmary including Chapel)


The building at the north west end of Infirmary Lane was originally the Blood Letting House, built in the early C14 to accommodate the monks who underwent the Ely practice of blood letting once every six weeks. In 1416, it is recorded, Prior Powcher caused to be built, almost anew, the hall in the Infirmary for those who had been bled. A third storey, which is timber-framed, was added in the early C16. On the south side there are five bays of the C12 Infirmary arcading with alternate round and octagonal columns and richly ornamental arches and capitals and three tall round headed clerestorey windows above with nook shafts on what was originally the outside face. The nave arches are now blocked and have C20 windows. The north front is buttressed and the second storey has some timber-framing with brick nogging. The windows are much altered, some are double-hung sashes with glazing bars and some are mullioned and transomed casements. Roofs tiled, the eastern part is steeply pitched with a C16 roof structure. The interior has moulded beams.

The Dark Cloister, Powcher's Hall, the Painted Chamber (Walsingham House), the Chapel of the Infirmary (Deanery), the Black Hostelry and Cellarers Chamber, and Cellarers House (Boarding House of King's School) form a group. See also general group description under the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity.

Listing NGR: TL5415680201

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