NORMAN TOWER

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1375555
Date first listed:
07-Aug-1952
Statutory Address:
NORMAN TOWER, ABBEY PRECINCTS

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Location

Statutory Address:
NORMAN TOWER, ABBEY PRECINCTS

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
West Suffolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Bury St. Edmunds
National Grid Reference:
TL 85572 64078

Details

BURY ST EDMUNDS

TL8564SE ABBEY PRECINCTS 639-1/8/104 Norman Tower 07/08/52

GV I

Monastic gate, now used as a belfry for the Cathedral Church of St James (qv). Built under Abbot Anselm between 1120 and 1148; Romanesque. Restored by LN Cottingham in 1846/7. Barnack stone. Rectangular, in 4 stages, with the base now well below the present ground level. Richly ornamented. A large, unvaulted gateway has heavy block capitals to the columns and large roll-mouldings. The west face is the most ornate, with a sculptured inner order and the arch projecting like a porch with a gable and fishscale decoration. To each side of the gateway are 2 tiers of niches with billet decoration; short buttresses above have intersecting arches and pyramid roofs. The 2nd stage has 2 tall blank arches with small 2-light windows within them. The 3rd and 4th stages each have 3 deep window openings, divided by colonnettes and hood-moulds with billet decoration: below the 3rd stage openings are paired blank arches; below the 4th stage blank roundels. The details of the 3 upper stages on the west are repeated on each of the other faces. Scheduled Ancient Monument. (BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 138).





Listing NGR: TL8557264078

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
466456
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 27 Jul 2004
Reference: IOE01/12829/09
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Richard Storey. Source Historic England Archive
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