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Priory Court

A Grade II Listed Building in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.7976 / 51°47'51"N

Longitude: -4.9662 / 4°57'58"W

OS Eastings: 195566

OS Northings: 215157

OS Grid: SM955151

Mapcode National: GBR CL.XSZM

Mapcode Global: VH1RL.V2YS

Entry Name: Priory Court

Listing Date: 1 July 1974

Last Amended: 30 November 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 12239

Building Class: Health and Welfare

Location: Situated on hilltop overlooking the Cleddau above the Priory ruins.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Haverfordwest

Community: Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd)

Community: Haverfordwest

Built-Up Area: Haverfordwest

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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The former workhouse designed in 1837 by George Wilkinson of Oxford, architect to the Poor Law Commissioners, and similar to workhouses by him at Narberth, St Dogmaels and Aberaeron. It was erected by William Owen of Haverfordwest with Mr Lewis as builder, cost £4,500 and was designed for 250 persons. Plans for alterations in 1869, for sick wards 1877, mortuary 1880, imbeciles wards 1882 by D.E. Thomas, childrens wards 1896 by D.E. Thomas, vagrant wards 1898 by D.E. Thomas and additions 1908 by D.E. Thomas. Later used as St Thomas' Hospital, before being converted to flats.


Former workhouse, now flats. Squared rubble stone with flat-eaved slate roofs and brick chimneys. Front range and cruciform rear ranges partly enclosing four square courtyards. Two storeys. NE front range of nine bays, the three centre bays projecting slightly with three joined coped gables. Each gable has a blind cross loop and gables have shoulders at outer edges. Two parallel raised bands between floors, raised plinth. Large 16-pane sash windows with stone sills and stone voussoirs to upper floor and small-paned cross-windows below, also with stone voussoirs and stone sills. Centre three bays have centre window flanked by two segmental pointed chamfered doorways, the left one ??now window.
Behind is a cruciform plan of plain rubble stone buildings of two storeys with slate roofs, with some original cross-windows to ground floor, and some two-light small-paned casement pairs above, otherwise renewed 12-pane and 16-pane sashes. Stone voussoirs and stone sills, cemented reveals. The four ranges enclose four paved courts with in addition a long range across the rear. A short two-storey, four-bay range at the S end of the S wing has the double raised band and raised plinth of the front range. Renewed glazing with 12-pane sashes above and long 24-pane sashes below.


Interior not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural interest as as a largely intact workhouse complex of the earlier C19.

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