Greyfriars Tower / Greyfrairs Tower In Tower Gardens

17 Oct 2000
Greyfriars Tower, St James' Street, Kings Lynn, Kings Lynn And West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30 5DA
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Greyfrairs Tower In Tower Gardens, St James' Street, Kings Lynn, Kings Lynn And West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE30 5DA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TF6219NW ST JAMES' STREET 610-1/10/233 (South side) 01/12/51 Greyfriars Tower in Tower Gardens (Formerly Listed as: ST JAMES' STREET (South side) Greyfriars Tower)


Central crossing tower of the Church of St Francis Priory, of the Greyfriars Order. Founded c1230, enlarged c1300, tower late C14 on C13 masonry courses. Brick and carstone with ashlar dressings. Mendicant plan of a passageway under tower from north to south, conventional east-west chancel and nave arches also. Base comprises crossing piers, C13. Buttresses formed from nave and chancel walls, with set-offs. East and west arches of stone with wave, hollow and roll moulded piers on low polygonal bases. Polygonal capitals and triple-chamfered pointed arches. Staircase within north-east pier. Gabled elements to north and south, roofed with stone slabs, slope up to octagonal 2-stage tower, the staircase turret continuing. Between each facet are stepped ashlar buttresses. First stage with 2-light transomed Perpendicular windows to each face with cusped ogee heads. Second-stage windows similar but simpler in design. Crenellated parapet enriched with cusped arcading. This tower is the best surviving Mendicant tower in the country exhibiting the under-tower north-south passage, with the exception of St Andrew's, Norwich. Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TF6201119791


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0272 IOE Records taken by Graham Brown; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Graham Brown. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Brown, Graham

Rights Holder: Brown, Graham


Brick, Carstone, Medieval Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Place Of Worship