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Chapter House Chapel at Birkenhead Priory

A Grade II* Listed Building in Birkenhead, Wirral

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Latitude: 53.3896 / 53°23'22"N

Longitude: -3.0115 / 3°0'41"W

OS Eastings: 332829

OS Northings: 388559

OS Grid: SJ328885

Mapcode National: GBR 7YD7.TN

Mapcode Global: WH87D.Q259

Entry Name: Chapter House Chapel at Birkenhead Priory

Listing Date: 29 July 1950

Last Amended: 10 August 1992

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1218733

English Heritage Legacy ID: 389300

Location: Wirral, CH41

County: Wirral

Electoral Ward/Division: Birkenhead and Tranmere

Built-Up Area: Birkenhead

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Merseyside

Church of England Parish: Birkenhead Christ the King

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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Listing Text


789-1/14/139 (East side)
29/07/50 Chapter House chapel at Birkenhead
(Formerly Listed as:
Priory Chapel with room above)


Former chapter house of Birkenhead Priory with possible
scriptorium over, latterly in use as a chapel. Late C12.
Coursed and squared stonework with Westmorland green slate
roof. 2-storeyed, 2 bays in length. West front on to former
cloister with central door and flanking windows forming a
series of 3 round-headed arches. Gable apex and window above
restored, 1913-1919. Two small windows in south elevation,
that to east C12 though restored. Upper storey also
extensively restored or rebuilt, with gathered chimney
corbelled out, and large dormer in roof. Smaller half-dormer
to right of chimney. Inserted C15 window in north wall, and a
5-light C15 window in east wall. Inside, the chapter house has
two bays of quadripartite vaulting carried on clustered shafts
with trumpet corbels. The shafts have been cut to take a
screen which no longer exists. Stained glass in east window by
Ninian Comper, depicting figures of saints, the founder of the
priory etc. The window is dedicated to Robert Marsden who was
a member of the committee in charge of the restoration of the
building in 1913-1919. Stained glass depicting the adoration
of the magi in the north window. The scriptorium above was
restored in 1913-19 when a new roof with decorative panelling
was added. The chapter house was in use as a church from the
reformation until the building of the adjacent St Mary's
church in 1821 (q.v.). Its restoration was carried out by
Edmund Kirby under the direction of a committee of leading
citizens in 1913-1919.
The monastic infirmary adjoined the chapter house to the
north, and traces of its west wall still survive. On the west,
it connected with the priory church, and the truncated north
wall of the church is still visible where it adjoined the
chapter house. See also Remains of Birkenhead Priory.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N and Hubbard E: Cheshire:
Harmondsworth: 1971-).

Listing NGR: SJ3282888557

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