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Remains of Thornton Abbey Church and Adjoining Monastic Ranges

A Grade I Listed Building in Thornton Curtis, North Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.6549 / 53°39'17"N

Longitude: -0.3098 / 0°18'35"W

OS Eastings: 511804

OS Northings: 418932

OS Grid: TA118189

Mapcode National: GBR VV85.QJ

Mapcode Global: WHHH9.6DRD

Entry Name: Remains of Thornton Abbey Church and Adjoining Monastic Ranges

Listing Date: 6 November 1967

Last Amended: 17 October 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1215139

English Heritage Legacy ID: 165879

Location: Thornton Curtis, North Lincolnshire, DN39

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Thornton Curtis

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Thornton Curtis St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Listing Text

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10/78 Remains of Thornton Abbey
church and adjoining
6.11.67 monastic ranges (formerly listed
as Church Ruins Thornton Abbey)


Ruins of Abbey church and adjoining monastic buildings founded as a Priory
in 1139. Late C12 - early C13 dormitory vault, remainder largely rebuilt
between mid C13 and late C14: church begun 1264, south transept 1280-90,
chapter house 1282-1308, cloistral range begun 1322-3, refectory 1348-64,
with minor late C15 - early C16 additions. C20 repairs. Chalk, limestone
and ironstone rubble with limestone ashlar facing and dressings; sections of
later brickwork to south and east monastic ranges. Plan: criciform church
with 8-bay aisled nave, 2-bay north and south transepts with east aisles,
5-bay presbytery with chapel of St Thomas adjoining to north and 5-bay Lady
Chapel adjoining to east. Monastic buildings arranged around cloisters
adjoining to south of nave, with octagonal chapter house adjoining south
east angle of south transept. Walls survive only to lower courses, apart
from south end of south transept and sections adjoining. Inner face of
south wall of south transept has lower section of filleted shafts of south
respond to east arcade and blind arcading with geometrical tracery.
Adjoining to south is a narrow corridor-room, perhaps a parlour, with blank
arcading and quadripartite rib-vaulting. To south of this are. remains of a
rib-vaulted vestibule with shafted pointed arch to chapter house. Latter
has two north west bays standing to full height and portions of two
adjoining, with moulded plinth and sections of two buttresses; stone bench
and blind arcading to inner walls with very fine geometrical tracery. For
plan and detailed description see DoE (AMHB) guidebook, Thornton Abbey,
1978; N Pevsner and J Harris, The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire, 1978,
402-3; NMR.

Listing NGR: TA1183718950

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