Almonry, Sacrists Hall, Gate And Goldsmiths Tower / Gate And Subsidiary Buildings / The Sacristy Gate And Goldsmith's Tower

24 Sep 2007
Almonry, Sacrists Hall, Gate And Goldsmiths Tower, High Street, Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4JU
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Gate And Subsidiary Buildings, The College, Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4JU
The Sacristy Gate And Goldsmith's Tower, The College, Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4JU
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


1082 The Sacristy Gate and Goldsmithts Tower (Formerly listed. as Gate and Subsidiary buildings) TL 5480 1/90 23.9.50.

I GV 2.

The Sacristy is Part of a long range of buildings which back onto the High Street on the north side, including the Almonry and the wall to the Almonry.

The Sacristy, Gate and Goldsmiths tower were erected by Alan of Walsingham soon after he became sacrist in 1322. They probably incorporated an older building, known as The Old Hall in the c14. the only part of Walsingham's building which survives is the north wall and buttresses built of Carr stone rubble with Barnack stone dressings. The remainder is mainly Cl9. 2 storeys and attics The 1st storey windows are paired with cusped arches end leaded lights and the ground storey has 3 light arched windows. The north front is divided by heavy buttresses with 2 offsets and the south front (C19) has a parapet with string course end is divided by buttresses. Roof tiled, with C19 stone shafted chimney stacks and gabled dormers The sacrists gateway was restored in the C19. It has flanking buttresses and rises to a crow-stepped gable on the north front and a castellated parapet on the south front. Above the archway on both fronts there is a 2-light arched window with tracery, The Goldsmith's Tower, which stands at the west end of the range, contained the Goldsmith's workshop (Alan of Walsingham was himself a goldsmith) and the sacrists chequer. It is a square tower, the upper part of which was rebuilt in the C19, with a high plain parapet and stringcourse, corner buttresses with 2 offsets and a 2-light pointed arched window with tracery. The ground storey has a segmental arched entrance way.

The Almonry, Wall to the gardens of the Almonry and Painted Chamber, the Sacristy Gate and Goldsmith's Tower form a group with all the listed buildings in High Street except No 2.

See also general group description under the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

Listing NGR: TL5419780313


This is part of the Series: IOE01/2207 IOE Records taken by Tony Wilding; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Tony Wilding. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Wilding, Tony

Rights Holder: Wilding, Tony


Lincolnshire Limestone, Rubble, Stone, Tile, Medieval Tower, Unassigned, Building, Gate, Sacristy, Religious Ritual And Funerary