Monument record M2565 - Priory Church, Newstead


CHURCH (Medieval to Tudor)


Grid reference SK 54199 53799 (point)
Map sheet SK55SW
District Gedling
Civil Parish Newstead, Gedling


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Priory church. The original church was probably aisleless and was enlarged c.1250 by the addition of a N aisle only. The lower part of the S wall remains much as it was built c.1180. The W front is a beautiful example of its period ... in the gable are an original mother and child. 2 sides of the church are missing and it seems evident that these were quarries for work on the buildings and gardens. The S transept survives and is built into the house and divided into rooms. (2)
The original church was aisleless with short transepts and a presbytery. Byron's monument to his dog was said to cover the high altar but more probably marks the E end of the church. (3)
Founded between 1162 and 1173 by Henry II as a priory of Augustinian Canons. The N aisle was probably added in the late C13. During that century extensive rebuilding took place in the claustral area. Late C13 church front. (4)
The W front with the return of the N wall are all that is visible of the priory church. The S wall and transepts are completely masked by later walling. (6)
Of the church, all that remains is the very beautiful W end, c 1270, decorated with exceptionally fine carved panels, tracery and ornament. The front is symmetrical although there was in fact no S aisle. Many of the cloistral buildings survive intact in the adjoining mansion which is used as a museum. This is partly inhabited and Listed grade I. (7)
See M8293 for P Med house, M8939 for Priory.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

OS cards, Parish File

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

1 BW print; 1 colour print, B10/5, SMR

<1> Thoroton Society, 1919, TTS, pp 115 - (Published document). SNT344.

<2> Nottingham Corporation, 1945, Newstead Abbey Pubn no 1 (Published document). SNT251.

<3> Knowles D and St Joseph JK, 1952, Monastic Sites From The Air, p 262 (Published document). SNT870.

<4> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 201 (Monograph). SNT4.

<5> British Archaeological Assoc, 1854, JBAA, pp 30 - (Published document). SNT191.

<6> Woodhouse WC, 1959, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1437.

<7> JS, 1974, AM7 (Unpublished document). SNT845.

<8> Dodd A, 1988, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT620.

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  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1919. TTS. 23. pp 115 -.
  • <2> Published document: Nottingham Corporation. 1945. Newstead Abbey Pubn no 1.
  • <3> Published document: Knowles D and St Joseph JK. 1952. Monastic Sites From The Air. p 262.
  • <4> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 201.
  • <5> Published document: British Archaeological Assoc. 1854. JBAA. 9. pp 30 -.
  • <6> Personal comment: Woodhouse WC. 1959. Pers Comm.
  • <7> Unpublished document: JS. 1974. AM7.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Dodd A. 1988. AM107.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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