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Latitude: 53.6952 / 53°41'42"N
Longitude: -1.7372 / 1°44'13"W
OS Eastings: 417450
OS Northings: 422110
OS Grid: SE174221
Mapcode National: GBR JT9Q.P4
Mapcode Global: WHC9W.9D02
Entry Name: Kirklees Priory Gatehouse
Listing Date: 3 January 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1314039
English Heritage Legacy ID: 338862
Location: Calderdale, HD6
Electoral Ward/Division: Brighouse
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire
Church of England Parish: Hartsheadst Peter
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
BRIGHOUSE KIRKLEES PARK
SE 12 SE
4/123 Kirklees Priory Gatehouse
Gatehouse to Kirklees Priory (now gone). Early C16 timber-framed single cell
partially encased in large dressed stone with added cell late C16 or early C17,
stone slate roof. Timbered gatehouse was probably open to ground floor forming
entry, this has been filled in with large dressed stone blocks bearing marks
possibly plundered from priory. East gable is timbered only from 1st floor
which has heavily jowled posts carrying projecting wall plate with decorative
rosette to stop supported on decorated braces. The wall plates carry cambered
tie beam which is carved with a flowing vine scroll interspersed with hunting
dogs to the upper and vertically carved stag to lower part of the scroll. The
tie beam supports a king post truss with 4 'V' struts pegged to the principal
rafters which carry projecting trenched purlins. Below the tie beam is 4-light
oriel window with wooden ovolo moulded mullions glazed with 36 square leaded
lights. These are set in a heavy crude sill with mortice to right hand end.
This may have been overlaid with decorated rail now perished. The oriel is
supported on 5 coved uprights pegged to close studs which have bulbous crocket.
To either side set back from window and gable are decorated close studded walls
with offset diagonal studs. Apex is capped by wooden finial and gable is
protected by oversailing slates. The return wall is faced in ashlar to the
eaves at the angle and has evidence of first floor doorway (now solid with
hammer-dressed stone) to left of which the wall is faced in hammer-dressed stone
and has a solid stone stair of 15 risers. Level with landing is extruded
lateral stack in ashlar. Curious weathered course 2 courses higher than eaves.
Next this is only entry to 1st floor. Doorway has square-headed lintel level
with eaves and chamfered opposite jambs. West gable has stone courses running
through to outside of staircase but with straight break higher up. Ground floor
is again in large dressed stone and has doorway (the only entry to ground floor)
with square lintel notched at the top corners, composite jambs and chamfered
surround. Single light window has termination of string course with straight
return from adjacent stone block. 1st floor of West gable is timber-framed
forming 3 vertical divisions. The topmost formed by king post truss with 4 'V'
struts, the king post having heavily jowled head with exposed ridge tree set
square, oversailing slates to gable. Below the tie beam, which has hollow
chamfer to its soffit, is long wooden mullioned window of full width. 7 lights
with ovolo moulded mullions and 21 small square leaded lights. One piece
undecorated sill. Under and set back is close studded wall with decorative 'V'
studs forming alternate pattern of upright and inverted 'V's. Attached to left
hand side is stone extension which breaks forward having corner windows with
double chamfered mullions of 2 lights to both floors. Over ground floor window
is a string course which continues round building. Over first floor window is
hoodmould. Tall lateral stack has weathered course and 2 diamond set flues.
South front of singe cell. Coped gables with kneelers. Double chamfered
mullioned windows with king mullion of 6 lights to ground floor and 12 lights
with transom to 1st floor with 3-light attic window with hoodmould. Another 2-
storey cell breaks forward from return wall of similar character to a 2-storey
porch but without doorway. This has a blocked window to ground floor in the
south return wall with a 4-light double chamfered mullioned window to 1st floor,
with same to west gabled front which is coped with kneelers.
Interior: Ground floor has large fireplace with square lintel to south facing
room. 1st floor of timber portion of 2 bays formed by central king post truss
resting on posts with slightly arched braces. South facing room has decorative
plasterwork bosses of alternate fleur-de-lys and flowers in vase. Doorways to
closets have low Tudor arch lintels with hollow spandrels and chamfered
surround. Roof renewed late C19. G. Hepworth, Brighouse its scenery and
antiquities (Halifax 1885) p.10. L. Ambler, The Old Halls and Manor Houses of
Yorkshire, (London 1913), p.58. N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding, (London
1967) n.291. -
Listing NGR: SE1745022110
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