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Medieval structure in the churchyard

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6718 / 51°40'18"N

Longitude: -4.7001 / 4°42'0"W

OS Eastings: 213389

OS Northings: 200457

OS Grid: SN133004

Mapcode National: GBR GF.7Q79

Mapcode Global: VH2PS.H72Q

Entry Name: Medieval structure in the churchyard

Listing Date: 19 March 1951

Last Amended: 28 March 2002

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6175

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated some 20m W of the Church of Saint Mary in Liberty.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Tenby (Dinbych-y-pysgod)

Community: Tenby

Built-Up Area: Tenby

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

Ruins of a late medieval structure called the College, and described in the early C19 as the ruins of St Mary's College. The purpose is not in fact known but it may have been a choir school or used by chantry priests. The oddly flattened mouldings of the door are the same as those on the church W door which was dated 1496 and the S transept, also late C15. A drawing by Norris shows much more extensive remains in the early C19.

Exterior

East wall of demolished medieval building, some 10m long, 2.5 to 3m high. Rubble stone, with wide pointed arched doorway to left with hoodmould, like the W door of the church, but on a less bold scale. Bath stone. Series of some six or seven thin mouldings, hollow, hollow with rosettes, bead and ogee. Inscription in outer arch under hood. Wall is set back to right of door, then single flat-headed window with cusped pointed light. Smaller door to right with hoodmoulds and similar late C15 mouldings, more eroded and on a lesser splay. To right, a C15 fragment, cusped ogee head with 2 quatrefoils in spandrels. Reset stone below with eroded cross between rosettes. Traces of limewash on rear.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an important late medieval fragment, showing the unusual late Gothic seen in the Tenby church S porch and W door.

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