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Priory Remains (Now Part of the New School) and Attached Buildings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7129 / 51°42'46"N

Longitude: -0.4602 / 0°27'36"W

OS Eastings: 506477

OS Northings: 202700

OS Grid: TL064027

Mapcode National: GBR G76.JH7

Mapcode Global: VHFSC.Z61P

Plus Code: 9C3XPG7Q+5W

Entry Name: Priory Remains (Now Part of the New School) and Attached Buildings

Listing Date: 22 October 1952

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1348439

English Heritage Legacy ID: 157690

Location: Kings Langley, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, WD4

County: Hertfordshire

District: Dacorum

Civil Parish: Kings Langley

Built-Up Area: Hemel Hempstead

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: King's Langley

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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7/159 Priory Remains (now part
22.10.52 of The New School) and
attached buildings

- II*

Buildings and walls of former Dominican Friary with attached buildings.
C14 (Friary founded by Edward II c.1308), C18 extensions to N range,
extensions to W range after c.1910 for the former Priory School. Now all
in domestic use with a chapel on the 1st floor of W range. W range and
wall extending to S of flint with stone dressings. N range of plastered
flint with stone dressings to lower floor but timber framed jettied
upper floor with white plastered infill panels on N side. Steep old red
tile roofs. Red brick C18 rebuilt E front and S extension of N range and
2 timber framed dark weatherboarded extensions with tiled roofs and bell
turret at its W end linking to W range. SE extension of W range
roughcast with stone mullioned windows and red tile roof. NE extension
to W range roughcast with jetty and hipped tiled roof. The c.1910
extensions on S side of N range have a formerly open 3-bay gallery of
timber with alpine style cusped vertical boards as balustrade over a
timber framed ground floor with 3 cross-windows below a continuously
glazed band, with a red brick base and brick panels between windows. An
L-shaped group generally of 2 storeys with later buildings linking 2
separate medieval buildings. (1) A long narrow building in the W range
formerly called King John's Bakehouse with evidence for early doors or
windows on all sides but possibly having a range formerly running
eastwards from S end of its E side. A wall divides the building near the
middle and the ground floor of the N part is arcaded on the W with 3
large depressed C14 arches with plain splays dying against the sides of
buttresses (C20 cusped stone tracery inserted). There is a diagonal
buttress at NW corner but a pair of corner buttresses at SW. Since the
survey for VCH in 1908 blocked windows have been opened and some
matching windows inserted on W 1st floor over the 1st and 2nd arches
from the N. These light the chapel with limewashed flint walls and 3-bay
crown-post roof with chamfered cambered tie-beams, chamfered cornice
along walls, chamfered square crown-posts with heavy curved braces to
collar purlin. Same roof continues over S half of building. (2) A long
narrow building in N range called The Gatehouse with a large blocked
stone archway, continuously moulded, off centre in the masonry of the
tall lower storey of the N side. A parallel thick wall is pierced by the
doorway between parlour and study in the C18 house formed at the E end
of this range. The timber framed 1st floor jettied on bullnosed joists
on the N may have also been jettied on the S. Large panelling with
curved tension bracing and flush mullioned leaded windows. Interior has
arched braces to tie-beams of crown-post roof with braces to collar
purlin. C18 house has asymmetrical E front 2 storeys, 2 windows and
heavy framed boarded door in middle. Tall 2-light casement windows.
Large external gable chimney. Good panelled early C18 rooms on ground
floor. Medieval framing exposed inside. Stone quoins at NE angle. The
land surrounding the building is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(VCH(1908)238-40: RCHM(1911)134 no.2: Pevsner(1977)217).

Listing NGR: TL0647702700

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