Priory House (Council Offices), High Street south, Dunstable - Central Bedfordshire (UA)

C18 house on site of Priory guesthouse with C13 medieval undercroft and some pre-Georgian cellars. The undercroft, built in clunch, is subject to complex structural movement and dampness issues. Dunstable Town Council accepted an Historic England Heritage at Risk grant in 2016 for a detailed study to examine condition and find solutions. Awaiting final report from environmental specialist and outcome of other grant processes. Excess surface water a significant agent of decay undermining the clunch foundations and front wall, causing further instability. Active and on-going project.

Priory House (Council Offices), High Street south, Dunstable - Central Bedfordshire (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: PRIORY HOUSE (COUNCIL OFFICES)
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade II*
  • List Entry Number: 1114593
  • Local Planning Authority: Central Bedfordshire (UA)
  • Site Type: Civil > Public building


  • Building Name: Priory House (Council Offices)
  • Unitary Authority: Central Bedfordshire (UA)
  • Parish: Dunstable
  • Parliamentary Constituency: South West Bedfordshire
  • Region: East of England

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Very bad
  • Occupancy / Use: Occupied/in use
  • Priority: A - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: B
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Listed Building grade II*, CA