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Minster Abbey

A Grade I Listed Building in Minster, Kent

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Latitude: 51.3313 / 51°19'52"N

Longitude: 1.3175 / 1°19'2"E

OS Eastings: 631199

OS Northings: 164363

OS Grid: TR311643

Mapcode National: GBR X0G.HWW

Mapcode Global: VHLGC.SSCS

Plus Code: 9F3388J8+GX

Entry Name: Minster Abbey

Listing Date: 6 February 1958

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1223807

English Heritage Legacy ID: 419672

Location: Minster, Thanet, Kent, CT12

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Minster

Built-Up Area: Minster (Thanet)

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

TR 3064-3164

(West Side)
Minster Abbey


Monastic grange, now abbey, C11 and C12, altered c.1413. Rubble, flint and
dressed stone details. Plain tiled roof. Originally built around 3 sides
of a courtyard, a chapel on the south side, domestic and office ranges on
west and north sides. Entrance front: the north front of the north wing.
C12 in origin. Two storeys on irregular plinth with string course and boxed
eaves to hipped roof with stone stack at end left, and brick stacks to left
and to right. Left end bay projects, with 2 tier C15 cinquefoiled window.
The left end of the main range was probably rebuilt at the same time, a C15
window interrupting the string course at this point. Two C12 windows on
first floor, and 1 blocked to right. Three C17 segmental headed 3 light
mullioned and transomed wooden casements on first floor, and irregular
fenestration on ground floor of C20 trecusped 2 light window and C17
segmental headed mullioned and transomed windows. C15 door to centre right,
3 panelled door in four centred arched doorway, chamfered with moulded
surround, with arms of Thomas Hunden in spandrels, Abbot of St. Augustine's,
Canterbury, 1405-1420. The door interrupts earlier pilaster strips. Derelict
and partly ruinous C19 extension and wall to left, of flint. Double
projecting block with large cart doors to right, with round headed window
over, and boarded door and sidelight to left with pointed arched heads. Wall
about 8 feet high extending about 20 yards. Left return: C12 round-arched
shafted window in upper wall above C19 extension. Right return; the rear of
the late C11 west range, the main feature a central gabled 3 storey projection.
Originally 2 storeyed and battlemented. Seven C20 gabled dormers, and 4 C15
2 tier trecusped and cinquecusped windows. Rear elevation: to the inner
courtyard. Main range with ground floor of greater thickness, defined by
string course, the upper course with much finer masonry work. Pilaster
strips. Two C12 windows on first floor to left, and 1 blocked to right.
Three 2 tier cinquefoiled windows with double quatrefoiled mid-panels, all
heavily restored, recessed in lower floor. Chamfered doorway and panelled
door to left. West range 2 storeys with single dormer and central stack.
Three C15 windows on first floor separated by small slit windows with blocked
C12 light to right, and 2 C15 windows on ground floor, with round arched
doorway with small sidelight, the semi-circular head made from a single block.
The fabric shows much alteration. The door and sidelight are set within a
small area rebuilt in ashlar. Lower ground floor otherwise shows masonry set
herringbone fashion, with levelling courses of flint, also carried across
onto the tower to left. Originally west tower of chapel (demolished), only
the north wall adjacent with west range remains. Now 2 storeys, with shafted
recess with pierced light on first floor to east, and similar arcading to
north west corner. Remains of arcading on eastern ground floor, and sculpture
of Christ in Mandorla on west ground floor probably C19 reconstructions.
Newel stair in ashlared well in north-west corner. Interior: refashioned
c.1413 by Abbot Hunden. West range may have a parallel rafter or scissor-
braced roof, but is obscured by C20 alterations. North range with crown post
roof, moulded octagonal posts, those at either end only attached shafts to
frame. Smoke blackened. Early c18 dogleg stair with turned balusters. Slype
between chapel tower and west wing now small chapel, groin-vaulted of 2½ bays.
An abbey for Benedictine Nuns since the 1930's, built on the site of Abbey of
St. Peter and St. Paul, refounded here c.750, destroyed by the Danes 840,
transferred to St. Augustine's in 1027, and from then the central Grange of
the Abbey's large holdings on Thanet. Already leased into private hands by
the Dissolution, it remained a farmhouse until 1937. (See Archaeological
Journal vol.86; also B.O.E. Kent,II, 1983, 395).

Listing NGR: TR3119964363

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