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© Mr Graham Hill

IoE Number: 32550
Location: THE CHAPEL,
  HINTON CHARTERHOUSE, BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr Graham Hill
Date Photographed: 04 April 2007
Date listed: 01 February 1956
Date of last amendment: 24 September 1984
Grade I

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ST 75 NEHINTON CHARTERHOUSEHINTON PRIORY11/121Chapter House of Hinton Priory,(formerly listed as the Chapel)1.2.56

ST 75 NE HINTON CHARTERHOUSE HINTON PRIORY 11/121 Chapter House of Hinton Priory, (formerly listed as the Chapel) 1.2.56 G.V. I Chapter house with library and dovecote above, of the former Carthusian Hinton Priory. Founded in 1232 as the charterhouse of Locus Dei at Hinton, by Ela Longespee, widow of William Longespee. Rubble, freestone dressings and ashlar gables; stone slate roofs. Consists of central square tower of 2 storeys and attics and gabled on all 4 sides. Projecting east end of 2 storeys, the upper one forming part of the later dovecote. To the north a wing projects towards the site of the former church and includes an east-west corridor, now blocked, and a passage to the church and stairtower. East elevation. 3 bays divided by flat ashlar buttresses which are chamfered on the lower part. The east end is at a lower level and has a small, plain lancet window in a chamfered surround and under a hoodmould with carved head stops. Two tall lancets to the upper parts of the western bays, also in chamfered surrounds and under hoodmoulds; stringcourse at first floor level with corbels projecting below. Chamfered and arched doorway projects at west. West elevation. Flat end buttresses with off-sets. Plain lancet windows, as south elevation, and moulded pointed doorway. North elevation. The main element is a tall, thin central tower which houses a stair and lobby rooms. Gabled on the north side with a large portion of the springer for a vault. Trefoil headed piscina and arched doorway to passage at right. The west side has a lean-to over the passage with a single, plain lancet window at the north end; above is another lancet and a blocked, square window. At the east side is a 2 storey lean-to; blocked corridor with arched east entrance; above is a 2-light window with cusped, 4-centred heads. Interior. Chapterhouse of 3 bays with quadripartite vaults: the western bays have chamfered ribs and the eastern bay has fillet moulded ribs. 2 circular corbels at east, one on a twisted and fluted stem and the other on a fluted stem with stiff-leaf ornament. One moulded, circular corbel on a short fillet moulded shaft remains at the west: remains of a cill band.Trefoil-headed piscina with carved spandrels and scalloped bowls, under a fragmentary hoodmould. Square aumbry on north wall. Hoodmoulds to interior of north and south windows; roll moulded surround to east window. Passage to north: segmental headed doorway to stone newel stair at north west; blocked 4-centre headed doorway. First floor. Library of 2 bays with quadripartite vaults; chamfered ribs on moulded circular corbels with fluted and twisted stems. 2 other small rooms. Dovecote with sawn ashlar nesting boxes. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument - Avon County No. 107. (N. Pevsner, Buildings of England : North Somerset and Bristol, 1958. P.C. Fletcher, Proceedings of Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 96, 1951 and 103, 1958/59. Archaeological Journal, 134, 1977. Mediaeval Archaeology, 2, 1951 and 3, 1959).

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