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Abbey Gate and Gatehouse

A Grade I Listed Building in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.2449 / 52°14'41"N

Longitude: 0.7164 / 0°42'58"E

OS Eastings: 585544

OS Northings: 264220

OS Grid: TL855642

Mapcode National: GBR QF0.7XQ

Mapcode Global: VHKD4.CTKY

Plus Code: 9F426PV8+XG

Entry Name: Abbey Gate and Gatehouse

Listing Date: 7 August 1952

Last Amended: 30 October 1997

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375545

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466446

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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Listing Text


639-1/8/96 Abbey Gate and Gatehouse
(Formerly Listed as:
Abbey Gateway and Gatehouse)


The great gate of the Abbey of St Edmund. Begun after the
riots of 1327 but before 1346; completed after 1353. Barnack
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys and battlements. The west facade is richly
decorated: a broad segmental entrance arch has 3 niches over
it and a large ogee gable above has foiled circles to left and
right. Buttresses to each side with ogee-headed steeply gabled
niches in 3 tiers, the top tier relating to the upper storey,
which has 5 tall blank niches. The taller centre niche has a
crocketed gable, flanked by 2 circles containing 6-pointed
stars. The east facade has a shafted doorway: leaf capitals to
the shafts and an arch with a double quadrant moulding. A
large transomed 3-light window to the upper storey. The
entrance arch leads from the Angel Hill into an outer chamber
with a longer principal chamber beyond it; between them are
C17 timber gates with heavy outsize dumb-bell balusters.
INTERIOR: the inner side walls of both chambers have large
blank arches with bold flowing tracery; both originally had
vaulting with ribs and tiercerons, now fragmentary. The
principal chamber on the upper storey has the remains of an
original fireplace.
Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 138;
Official Guidebook: Whittingham AB: Bury St Edmunds Abbey:
London, HMSO: 1971-: 29).

Listing NGR: TL8554464220

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