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PRIORY GATEHOUSE

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 02019g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Usk
NGR : SO3783600795
Site Type (preferred type first) : Medieval Gatehouse
Legal Protection : descheduled ancient monument , listed building I

Summary :
The gatehouse to Priory was replaced by the present structure in the early 16th century.

Description :
Situated beside the main entrance to St Mary's churchyard, the building is two-storey, gable ended,
with wide round-headed inner and outer arches. Believed to be of 16th century date or possibly postdissolution (Newman 2000).

The gatehouse to Priory was replaced by the present structure in the early 16th century the current building has been dated on stylistic grounds the lack of cusps in the window heads, and plain semi-circular archway typical of the revival Romanesque style during the 16th century (Morant 1995, 167,212, Pl. 4). Mein argues that a date towards the end of the 15th century is likely. Gateway provided access to the conventual buildings, located on the S side of St Marys Church, and following the suppression of the Priory in 1536, to the Post-dissolution House. Mein notes a blocked door way visible on the outside of the E wall towards the S or rear end as a possible postern gate giving access to a gatekeepers lodge, he also notes a vertical scar noted in the W wall of the gatehouse which is likely to be the remnant of the N wall of a building of some height with a pitched roof and a doorway arch springing from the W wall of the gatehouse at ground level, and interprets this as either a stables, and/or chapel probably for male lay visitors (Mein 2000, 66-68). The gatehouse is protected as a scheduled ancient monument (SAM ref. MM090) and is a listed building, Grade I (ref. 2126).


Sources :
Bowden, R. and Roberts, R. , 2012 , Monastic Sites in Glamorgan and Gwent

Events :
E003577 : Field visit to Usk Priory, Usk (year : 2011)
E002119 : Assessment of Monastic Sites in Glamorgan and Gwent (year : 2012)
E004074 : Field Visit to Priory Gatehouse (year : 2011)

Related PRNs : 02016g


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