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Remains of Priory of Saint Mary and Saint Thomas the Martyr

A Grade I Listed Building in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7982 / 51°47'53"N

Longitude: -4.9644 / 4°57'51"W

OS Eastings: 195691

OS Northings: 215219

OS Grid: SM956152

Mapcode National: GBR CL.XTJ6

Mapcode Global: VH1RL.W2WB

Entry Name: Remains of Priory of Saint Mary and Saint Thomas the Martyr

Listing Date: 1 July 1974

Last Amended: 30 November 2005

Grade: I

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 12240

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated on the riverside at the end of Quay Street.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Haverfordwest

Community: Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd)

Community: Haverfordwest

Built-Up Area: Haverfordwest

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

Ruins of Augustinian priory probably founded c1200-10 by Robert Fitz Richard, grandson of Tancred, the founder of Haverfordwest castle. Later deeds give Robert Fitz Tancred as founder but Robert Fitz Richard is probably meant. He is mentioned in 1204, confirmed in his rights by King John in 1207, ejected in 1210, and died in 1211. The Augustinians also had a priory at Carmarthen. The priory had a prior and two canons at the dissolution in 1536. The site was robbed for building stone and used as a smithy and tannery at various times. It was bought by the Gild of Freemen of Haverfordwest in 1981 and given to the state for conservation. Consolidated c. 2000, with restored medieval gardens.

Exterior

Ruins of priory church comprising aisleless nave, transepts without chapels, and chancel, with cloister to S of nave and chapter house to S of S transept. The principal standing portions are parts of the two transepts and part of the nave SW corner. The narrow sacristy and footings of the chapter house survive to S.

Reasons for Listing

Included as the remains of a substantial medieval priory. Scheduled Ancient Monument PE017(PEM).

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