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IoE Number: 48694
Location: ALMONRY, SACRISTS HALL, GATE AND GOLDSMITHS TOWER, HIGH STREET (south side)
  ELY, EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Photographer: Mr Tony Wilding
Date Photographed: 24 September 2007
Date listed: 23 September 1950
Date of last amendment: 19 June 1972
Grade I

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THE COLLEGE1082The Sacristy Gate andGoldsmithts Tower(Formerly listed. as

THE COLLEGE 1. 1082 The Sacristy Gate and Goldsmithts Tower (Formerly listed. as Gate and Subsidiary buildings) TL 5480 1/90 23.9.50. I GV 2. The Sacristy is Part of a long range of buildings which back onto the High Street on the north side, including the Almonry and the wall to the Almonry. The Sacristy, Gate and Goldsmiths tower were erected by Alan of Walsingham soon after he became sacrist in 1322. They probably incorporated an older building, known as The Old Hall in the c14. the only part of Walsingham's building which survives is the north wall and buttresses built of Carr stone rubble with Barnack stone dressings. The remainder is mainly Cl9. 2 storeys and attics The 1st storey windows are paired with cusped arches end leaded lights and the ground storey has 3 light arched windows. The north front is divided by heavy buttresses with 2 offsets and the south front (C19) has a parapet with string course end is divided by buttresses. Roof tiled, with C19 stone shafted chimney stacks and gabled dormers The sacrists gateway was restored in the C19. It has flanking buttresses and rises to a crow-stepped gable on the north front and a castellated parapet on the south front. Above the archway on both fronts there is a 2-light arched window with tracery, The Goldsmith's Tower, which stands at the west end of the range, contained the Goldsmith's workshop (Alan of Walsingham was himself a goldsmith) and the sacrists chequer. It is a square tower, the upper part of which was rebuilt in the C19, with a high plain parapet and stringcourse, corner buttresses with 2 offsets and a 2-light pointed arched window with tracery. The ground storey has a segmental arched entrance way. The Almonry, Wall to the gardens of the Almonry and Painted Chamber, the Sacristy Gate and Goldsmith's Tower form a group with all the listed buildings in High Street except No 2. See also general group description under the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

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