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St Dunstans Abbey and Attached Road Frontage Walls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3748 / 50°22'29"N

Longitude: -4.1539 / 4°9'13"W

OS Eastings: 246939

OS Northings: 54980

OS Grid: SX469549

Mapcode National: GBR R8F.5Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 2851.RKH

Plus Code: 9C2Q9RFW+WF

Entry Name: St Dunstans Abbey and Attached Road Frontage Walls

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Last Amended: 9 November 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386299

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473684

ID on this website: 101386299

Location: Pennycomequick, Plymouth, Devon, PL1

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Plymouth St Peter and the Holy Apostles

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SX4654NE NORTH ROAD WEST, Stonehouse
740-1/56/825 (North side)
01/05/75 St Dunstan's Abbey and attached
road-frontage walls
(Formerly Listed as:
NORTH ROAD, Plymouth
St Dunstan's Abbey)


Abbey complex. Begun 1850, by William Butterfield. Plymouth
limestone rubble with yellow stone dressings; weatherboarding
to covered walk; steep dry slate roofs on several levels;
crested clay ridge tiles; large stone lateral stacks.
STYLE: Gothic Revival.
PLAN: large irregular plan partly enclosing 2 courtyards with
chapel to north; house north-east of chapel linked by a
cloister to an L-shaped block to the south-east and there is
another block to south-west of chapel plus a long
single-storey covered walk beyond. There is a porter's lodge
left of entrance and a further block east of chapel.
EXTERIOR: single-storey chapel and covered walk, otherwise 2
storeys except for house which is 3 storeys; elevations mostly
with irregularly disposed openings. Entrance to abbey has
stone cross set in gable above. Porter's lodge has transomed
gabled 2-light window with quatrefoil tracery. Chapel has
5-light window with geometric tracery to W end. 5-bay cloister
in front of courtyard elevation of chapel; 2-light windows
with hoodmoulds and large lateral stack on the left. Lower
range returned in front to left of cloister with single and
paired lights. The opposite elevation of this range has large
central outbuilt gabled stack with 4 small windows; 2-light
windows stepping up to left of this with central taller stair
window. Wing south-west of chapel has coped gable end with
5-light window under a segmental arch; NW elevation has paired
windows. House has single and paired lancets plus an oriel
window breaking eaves to SE end; semicircular stair turret to
left of NW elevation and canted end to NW elevation. The
covered walk has a rubble plinth and weather- boarding above;
there are 3-light wooden windows with trefoil-headed lights.
INTERIOR: has many original features of interest. Chapel has
doorways with 2 orders of pointed arches.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: high rubble walls.
An outstanding example of Butterfield's work.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4693954980

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