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© Mr Luke Barber

IoE Number: 466444
Location: RUINS OF HALL OF PLEAS AND SOUTH WALL OF GREAT COURT, ABBEY PRECINCTS
  BURY ST EDMUNDS, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK
Photographer: Mr Luke Barber
Date Photographed: 30 July 2003
Date listed: 07 August 1952
Date of last amendment: 30 October 1997
Grade I

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BURY ST EDMUNDS TL8564SE ABBEY PRECINCTS 639-1/8/102 Ruins of Hall of Pleas and south 07/08/52 wall of Great Court (Formerly Listed as: ABBEY PRECINCTS Abbey Ruins) GV I The surviving part of the south wall of the Great Court of the Abbey with the remains of the Hall of Pleas on its south side. Late C12 with C13 additions. In rubble and coursed flint with dressings of Barnack stone. The crenellated wall, which stands to full height and is 66 metres long, now forms in part the garden wall on the south side of Abbey House (qv). It has a keeled string-course and ashlar-faced stepped buttresses along the north side and a splayed ashlar-faced section by the north-east corner. The south face, which formed the north wall of the Hall of Pleas, has the remains of a row of high blocked windows and a doorway: its C13 surround is completely replaced on the south but survives intact on the north: there the pointed arch has jambs with a continuous multiple moulding and the moulded hood-mould is surmounted by the head of a bearded man. 20 metres of the east wall of the Hall of Pleas also survive, standing almost to full height with the remains of flat buttresses and a wide segmental-arched recess on the west side. Scheduled Ancient Monument. (BOE: Pevsner N: Radcliffe E: Suffolk: London: 1974-: 140).

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