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Monument Number 464447

Hob Uid: 464447
Location :
Kent
Canterbury
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TR1513458106
Summary : A 12th century stair case which originally lead to the mid-12th century first floor hall known on a contemporary plan as the "Aula Nova" possibly part of the almonry of the priory. Excavations within the vicinity of the staircase were carried out in 1978-9. The most important structural remains that were found date from the mid 12th century and consist of the east wall of the vaulted undercroft of the hall and the monastic drain which led from the 'necessarium' on the south side of the Green Court to the northern city ditch. The mid 12th century building levels completely sealed Late Saxon and Early Norman levels. A pit and a small lane which must have led off the intra-mural street nearby were also found.
More information : [TR 1513458106] Norman Staircase [NR]. (1)

Norman Staircase, Grade I. This 12th century staircase leads to the
library of the King's School and formerly into the Almonry or North
Hall. It is said to be the only 12th century staircase in England.
18 stone steps. (2-3)

Excavations took place close to the main gate of the Benedictine
Priory and just behind the unique Norman staircase in 1977 by the
Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Remains of early Norman and late
Saxon houses and pit were found underlying the mid twelfth century
vaulted undercroft of the Almonry Hall. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : OS 1/500 1874
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHR) City of Canterbury Kent Sept 1973 75
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Hist Builds Survey Cant City Council/RCHME 57022 8 of 12
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Source Number : 4
Source : Archaeologia Cantiana : being contributions to the history and archaeology of Kent
Source details : 1977(T Tatton-Brown)
Page(s) : 217
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Vol(s) : 93
Source Number : 5
Source : The archaeology of Canterbury : an assessment
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Late Saxon/early Norman
Monument End Date : 1100
Monument Start Date : 870
Monument Type : Building, Pit
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C12
Monument End Date : 1199
Monument Start Date : 1100
Monument Type : Steps
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 170569
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : KE 335
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TR 15 NE 105
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