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

Broadland (District Authority)
Horsham St. Faith and Newton St. Faith
National Grid Reference:
TG 21597 15176



2/36 The Priory. 19/1/52 (formerly listed as Abbey G.V. I Farmhouse incl. Barn)

House, built on the site of, and incorporating elements of the refectory range of the Benedictine Priory of St. Faith. Fabric dating from C12 with remodelling c.1600 and later to form the present farmhouse. Roof rebuilt after a fire of 1924. Flint and brick with some limestone dressings; roofs plain-tiled and pantiled. 'L'-shaped plan, two storeys; colourwashed brick range to north- west later and not of special interest. Fenestration of irregular pattern, mainly casement windows with glazing bars or mullions and transoms with leaded glazing. Some windows set in chamfered stone reveals. On the south facade two upper two-light windows, C15, with trefoiled heads, now partially blocked by massive staged buttresses of brick, flint and limestone. Two large ground floor openings, one with segmental head and C20 glazed doors, one with sash window and fanlight with glazing bars. Doorway to cross-passage with four- centred arch in square-headed chamfered reveal. Corresponding doorway in north wall with good C16 door and frame in roll-moulded reveal. C15 trefoil headed window adjoining doorway. Three large staged buttresses on northside, the easternmost later and entirely built of brick. At the north-east corner, entrance to chapel with chamfered stone reveal partly rebuilt in brickwork C20. Blocked two-light window adjoining doorway. Lean-to at west gable con- taining C12 doorway on south wall. Axial chimney, and internal stacks at east and west gables. Interior contains very fine mid-C13 wall paintings, discovered mid-C20, when an inserted first floor of C16/C17 date was removed to display them. On the east wall of the refectory chamber, a large Crucifixion scene (the upper section missing) and a pictorial history of the founding of the Priory by Robert of Caen and his wife Sybilla. On the north side of the crucifixion, a fine crowned female figure whose identity is uncertain, possibly St. Faith or St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland. Other fragments survive throughout the building, including some reputedly earlier work at the south- west corner, now masked by later casing of the wall. Some good C16 fireplace jambs. Cloister walls and remains to south a Scheduled Ancient Monument, County No. 285.

Listing NGR: TG2159715176


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

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Date: 28 Jan 2001
Reference: IOE01/03073/07
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Peter Smee. Source Historic England Archive
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