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Ruins of Hall of Pleas and South Wall of Great Court

A Grade I Listed Building in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2445 / 52°14'40"N

Longitude: 0.7171 / 0°43'1"E

OS Eastings: 585595

OS Northings: 264177

OS Grid: TL855641

Mapcode National: GBR QF0.83N

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.CVY8

Plus Code: 9F426PV8+QR

Entry Name: Ruins of Hall of Pleas and South Wall of Great Court

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Last Amended: 30 October 1997

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375543

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466444

Location: Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk, Suffolk, IP33

County: Suffolk

District: West Suffolk

Civil Parish: Bury St Edmunds

Built-Up Area: Bury St Edmunds

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: St James Bury St Edmunds

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Ruins of Hall of Pleas and south wall of Great Court
(Formerly Listed as:


The surviving part of the south wall of the Great Court of the
Abbey with the remains of the Hall of Pleas on its south side.
Late C12 with C13 additions. In rubble and coursed flint with
dressings of Barnack stone.
The crenellated wall, which stands to full height and is 66
metres long, now forms in part the garden wall on the south
side of Abbey House (qv). It has a keeled string-course and
ashlar-faced stepped buttresses along the north side and a
splayed ashlar-faced section by the north-east corner. The
south face, which formed the north wall of the Hall of Pleas,
has the remains of a row of high blocked windows and a
doorway: its C13 surround is completely replaced on the south
but survives intact on the north: there the pointed arch has
jambs with a continuous multiple moulding and the moulded
hood-mould is surmounted by the head of a bearded man. 20
metres of the east wall of the Hall of Pleas also survive,
standing almost to full height with the remains of flat
buttresses and a wide segmental-arched recess on the west
Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 140).

Listing NGR: TL8559564177

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