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Pentney Priory

Hob Uid: 357214
Location :
Norfolk
King's Lynn And West Norfolk
Pentney
Grid Ref : TF7017012030
Summary : Priory founded circa 1130 for Augustinian Canons, consolidated with Wormegay priory in 1468, and dissolved 1537. Remains now consist of little more than foundations apart from a fine late 14th century gatehouse. Material from the priory has been reused in Abbey Farm and outbuildings which now occupies the site. Cropmarks to the south seen on air phortgraphs may be associated with the site. Excavation has revealed pits apparently for burning stonework for lime production at the time of the dissolution. Geophysical survey has located the nave and transepts of the church. Dependency: Brinkburn Priory.
More information : (TF 70091215) Remains of (NAT) Priory of Holy Trinity St
Mary & St Magdalene (NT) (Augustinian) (1)

Pentney priory founded c.1130 for Augustinian canons, dedicated
to the Holy Trinity, St Mary and St Magdalene; dissolved 1537. (2)

Consolidated with Wormegay priory 1468. The remains consist of
little more than foundations, apart from a fine late 14th.c.
gatehouse. (3)

The Priory gatehouse 14th.c. Grade 1, including Abbey Farm and
outbuildings 17th.c. incorporating reused material from Priory. (4)

The Priory gatehouse is in good condition though unroofed. See
photographs. The adjacent farm buildings contain much re-used
material and an original doorway from the Priory is incorporated
into the west wall of the modern farmhouse.

No further foundations were seen in the adjacent fields which are
under plough, and none are visible on OS air photographs. Cropmarks
centred TF 700 120 may represent ditches associated with the site.

Published 25" survey revised on AM. (5)

TF 7080 1216. At the priory trenching revealed pits apparently for burning stonework for lime production at the time of the Dissolution. Collection of medieval items included fragments of stained glass and monomental brasses from the area. (6)

Remains of Augustinian priory gatehouse. Late C14. Grade I. (See DoE list for details). (7)

Founded before 1135. Quite a large house with 15-20 canons. (8)

Scheduled, National Number 30590. (9)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1959
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Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : The Monastic Remains of Norfolk & Suffolk 1934 67 (CJ Messent)
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk Jul-1947 9
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 PAS 02-MAR-78
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Source Number : 5a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : APs (OS 76 020 274-5)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : CBA Group 6 Bull. 28 1983 35
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Source Number : 7
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : District of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk 1988 51
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Source Number : 8
Source : North-west and south Norfolk
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Source Number : 9
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : Schedule amendment 20-Apr-2001
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Founded c1130, dissolved 1537
Monument End Date : 1537
Monument Start Date : 1130
Monument Type : Augustinian Monastery, Gatehouse, Priory, Church
Evidence : Ruined Building, Cropmark, Sub Surface Deposit

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NF 185
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Norfolk)
External Cross Reference Number : 3924
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 30590
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 44290
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 222004
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TF 71 SW 3
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 356380
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 23415
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TF 71 SW 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-03-02
End Date : 1978-03-02
Associated Activities : PENTNEY PRIORY
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1997-01-01
End Date : 1997-12-31
Associated Activities : PENTNEY ABBEY FARMHOUSE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2010-01-01
End Date : 2010-12-31
Associated Activities : LAND AT PENTNEY ABBEY
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2011-12-31
Associated Activities : PENTNEY ABBEY FARM
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2011-12-31
Associated Activities : PENTNEY ABBEY GATEHOUSE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2012-01-01
End Date : 2012-12-31
Associated Activities : PENTNEY ABBEY FARM
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2013-01-01
End Date : 2013-12-31