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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1149116



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Westow

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 11-Feb-1987

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 328745

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FIRBY KIRKHAM LANE SE 76 NW (south side) 1/41 Kirkham Priory GV I

Augustinian priory. Mid C12 to C15. Founded by Walter L'Espec, 1122-1130. Sandstone and limestone ashlar and rubble. Church with associated monastic buildings to south, and detached gatehouse to north west. Part of C13 east wall of church survives almost to full height and has a surviving tall shafted lancet with stiff leaf capitals. Of the monastic buildings, substantial sections of the cloister (with fine C13 lavatorium and re-sited Norman portal), refectory and infirmary, remain. A 6-bay arcade survives to the west range with a passage with a sexpartite vault to the north. The late C13 gatehouse is the most complete survival, standing to 2 storeys with 2 first-floor windows. Wide arch with filleted roll moulding surmounted by gabled crocketed hood-mould enclosing trefoiled niche. Sculptures of Saint George and the Dragon to left, David and Goliath to right, each under small canopy. Pairs of shields above each group. String course. First floor: vesica with ballflower decoration containing figure of Christ with figures of Saint Philip and Saint Bartholomew in trefoiled niches below flanked by 2-light windows with blind quatrefoil panels to base and Kentish trefoil tracery. Outer bays: unfilled statue niches. 5 continuous crocketed gables form hood-mould over first-floor features. Stiff-leaf frieze and panelled parapet. Pinnacled buttress to right. For full description and history see English Heritage guide. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. English Heritage, Kirkham Priory, Official Guide Book; Pevsner N, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding.

Listing NGR: SE7356965801

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Kirkham Priory Official Guide Book
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire - York and the East Riding, (1972)

National Grid Reference: SE 73486 65816, SE 73591 65782


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