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The Priory

A Grade I Listed Building in Edington, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2793 / 51°16'45"N

Longitude: -2.1074 / 2°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 392605

OS Northings: 153358

OS Grid: ST926533

Mapcode National: GBR 2VN.N1Y

Mapcode Global: VH97B.F38L

Plus Code: 9C3V7VHV+P2

Entry Name: The Priory

Listing Date: 11 September 1968

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1285064

English Heritage Legacy ID: 313797

Location: Edington, Wiltshire, BA13

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Edington

Built-Up Area: Edington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Edington and Imber

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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ST 95 SW
(off east side)
5/158 The Priory
Detached house. Late Medieval with some parts possibly
incorporating part of monastic buildings of the Bonshommes (q.v.
Remains of Priory), rebuilt c1600 by Sir William Paulet and altered
C17 and C18. Rubble stone, tiled roof with coped verges, ashlar
and brick lateral stacks to rear. Main range with front wings,
possibly representing the east wing of larger house demolished
1768. Two-storey, 5-window west front. 1930s central gabled
porch with reset Tudor-arched doorway, two 3-light hollow-chamfered
mullioned casements to left, one restored 3-light mullioned
casement to right. First floor has three 2-light hollow-chamfered
mullioned casements one single casement and one 3-light mullioned
casement with hoodmould over door, two corbels, possibly for
statues, lead rainwater goods. Flanking wings of c1600 like
towers with 3-light mullioned casement to ground floor, 3-light
mullioned and transomed window to first, right wing has Tudor-
arched doorway and 2-light mullioned casement facing courtyard,
cornices to battlemented parapet, left return of left wing first
floor C18 projecting garderobe with 3-light leaded oriel and double
gabled roof, now with C20 boiler room below. Left return of main
range has 2-light mullioned casement to first floor and 3-light
mullioned casement with hoodmould to attic, buttress with offsets
to left, partly within C20 flat-roofed lobby, C20 single-storey
addition to left. Right return has two mullioned casements to
ground floor, 3-light to first and 3-light with hoodmould to attic.
Rear has two canted projections with stone pitched cappings,
probably housing former bread ovens of rear lateral stack, this
range may have been kitchens, string course to first floor, two 3-
light mullioned casements, dentilled stone cornice to battlemented
Interior: Central hall with restored open fireplace with former
bread oven to right through Tudor-arched moulded stone doorway,
unchamfered beams. Kitchen to left has partly blocked open
fireplace, early C20 stairs ascend from this room. Dining room in
north west wing with Tudor-arched doorway to C20 lobby. First
floor retains more original features: 8-panelled wainscot doors,
one in moulded architrave with ogee stops. Two-light C15 window
with cusped lights and stained glass in remaining light in former
external wall between main range and north west wing; Tudor-arched
stone fireplace in bedroom with oriel closet. Rear bedroom has
C17 plaster ceiling with central decorated panel with lions masks,
foliage decoration and trees. Main bedroom to south has Tudor-
arched fireplace in bathroom, C17 plaster ceiling with central
decorated panel with foliage decoration, moulded cornice and trees
in corners. Attic of main range has 6-bay butt purlin roof. On
site of Priory of the Bonshommes, bought by Sir William Paulet
after Dissolution, leased by Lady Beauchamp during C17 and occupied
by the Winchester family, Earls of Bolton 1689-1768. Joshua Smith
pulled down most of the large house in 1768, leaving only the
present range.
(Unpublished records of RCHME, Salisbury )

Listing NGR: ST9260353364

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