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Remains of Priory of Our Lady of Thetford Including Prior's Lodging

A Grade I Listed Building in Thetford, Norfolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4165 / 52°24'59"N

Longitude: 0.7427 / 0°44'33"E

OS Eastings: 586616

OS Northings: 283369

OS Grid: TL866833

Mapcode National: GBR RD7.GL2

Mapcode Global: VHKCC.TJGD

Plus Code: 9F42CP8V+H3

Entry Name: Remains of Priory of Our Lady of Thetford Including Prior's Lodging

Listing Date: 3 April 1951

Last Amended: 1 December 1993

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1297875

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384666

Location: Thetford, Breckland, Norfolk, IP24

County: Norfolk

Civil Parish: Thetford

Built-Up Area: Thetford

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Thetford St Cuthbert

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Description


THETFORD

TL8683 ABBEYGATE
617-1/5/2 (North West side)
03/04/51 Remains of Priory of Our Lady of
Thetford including Prior's Lodging
(Formerly Listed as:
Remains of Cluniac Priory, Abbey
House grounds)

I

Cluniac priory. Founded 1103-4 by Roger Bigod in Church of St
Mary the Greater, moved to present site 1107. Occupation of
east end, transepts and north parts of east arm of cloister by
1114, remainder mostly by 1150. Lady chapel added early C13
and presbytery extended late C13. Disolved 1540. East window
and other minor works by Thomas Aldrych, 1507-8. Flint with
ashlar facing. No roofs. Plan based on that of Cluny II and
Castle Acre: chevet east end, altered C13 . Twin west towers,
8 bays to aisled nave, cloister to south with conventional
disposition of apartments. Infirmary to south-east late C12
with infirmary cloister added early C15. The whole is ruinous.
Prior's Lodging extends west. Square free-standing lodging of
c1300 to west was extended mid C14 to link with west front of
priory. Flint with ashlar dressings. 2 storeys. Western lodge
reduced by half but barrel-vaulted undercroft apparent, with
transverse ribs. Main block with round re-used C12 arch on
engaged columns with scalloped capitals, opposed by a north
opening. West of arch is a pedestrian entrance with a
roll-moulded re-used C12 arch with billet decoration and
cushion capitals. This led to a staircase. Various C15 window
embrasures remain and also mid C16 three-light brick
cross-casements with chamfered surrounds. No roof.
(Raby F J E: Thetford Priory: London: 1979-).


Listing NGR: TL8661683369

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