Building record M4372 - Worksop Priory Gatehouse


GATEHOUSE (Medieval to Late 20th Century); CHAPEL (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 58990 78804 (17m by 18m)
Map sheet SK57NE
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Worksop, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Of the outer courtyard (of the priory) the gatehouse still remains. This is of C14 date, restored in 1912. (1) (2)
The gatehouse, in outstanding condition and used as parish offices. (3)
The building is early C14, with porch and shrine chapel added later the same century. (4)
Named 'Abbey Gate'. (5)
Early C14 in its structure, mid-C14 in the addition of the precious porch (which gave access to a chapel in the SE angle). The main window above the entrance [is] Perp of seven lights. (6)
Roof over upper hall extensively sampled and dated. 1448-68 (1450's llikely). (7)
The initial phase of building cannot have been too far removed from (1314). (8)
20 timber samples (cores) were taken from Worksop Priory Gatehouse in 1995. Analysis of 9 samples from the main roof gave a felling date of c.1463. 2 samples from the under-croft produced a felling date of c.1389. 2 samples from the extension of the main roof had a felling date of 1661. A single sample from a strut to the main truss of the main roof gave a felling date of late 1666 to early 1667. (9)
(TPAT gives SAM 28, but not on DOE List.)
Worksop Priory gatehouse is a highly significant building of the fourteenth century. In its class, it may not reach the standards of the very finest English monastic gatehouses, such as those which survive, say, at Thornton, or at St Osyth in Essex, or even the smaller but extremely handsome building at Butley, yet this should not be allowed to detract us from its particular qualities. One would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of like structures, certainly when the degree of survival is consid-ered. …three broad phases for the medieval features of the gatehouse. In the centuries after the dis-solution it fell into gradual decline and has since been subject to several quite major programmes of restoration. There is no doubt the building has fallen into a poor state over recent years, its predica-ment not helped by its current vulnerability to vandalism. (8)
See M5159 for priory, M5160 for cross.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

Leaflet (4), Parish file

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

2 BW print, SMR; OS

Listed buildings slides, 7 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

University of Nottingham, 09/05/95, Worksop Priory Gatehouse dendro report (Plan). SNT4257.

J A Renfrew, 2000, The Priory Gatehouse (Unpublished document). SNT4808.

Robert White, Late C19, Worksop Priory Gatehouse (Plan). SNT4328.

<1> Peverel Archaeology Group, 1953, Ann Rept 5, pp 28-9 (Published document). SNT1123.

<2> Knowles D and Hadcock N, 1953, Medieval Religious Houses, p 159 (Published document). SNT869.

<3> Colquhoun FD, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT582.

<4> Bassetlaw Coun. Vol. Service, Information Sheet: The Priory Gatehouse, Worksop (Unpublished document). SNT1466.

<5> Sanderson G, 1835, 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in (Map). SNT48.

<6> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 388 (Monograph). SNT4.

<7> Thoroton Society, 1995, TTS, p 49 (Published document). SNT1525.

<8> Lea R and Robinson DM, 2000, Worksop Priory Gatehouse, Notts, p 30 (Published document). SNT1777.

<9> Nottingham Tree Ring Dating Laboratory, 1995, Worksop Priory Gatehouse - Dendro Report (Unpublished document). SNT5141.

Sources/Archives (15)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 7 slides.
  • --- Plan: University of Nottingham. 09/05/95. Worksop Priory Gatehouse dendro report. A3 and A4.
  • --- Plan: Robert White. Late C19. Worksop Priory Gatehouse. A4.
  • --- Unpublished document: J A Renfrew. 2000. The Priory Gatehouse.
  • <1> Published document: Peverel Archaeology Group. 1953. Ann Rept 5. pp 28-9.
  • <2> Published document: Knowles D and Hadcock N. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses. p 159.
  • <3> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Bassetlaw Coun. Vol. Service. Information Sheet: The Priory Gatehouse, Worksop.
  • <5> Map: Sanderson G. 1835. 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in.
  • <6> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 388.
  • <7> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1995. TTS. 99. p 49.
  • <8> Published document: Lea R and Robinson DM. 2000. Worksop Priory Gatehouse, Notts. English Heritage. p 30.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Nottingham Tree Ring Dating Laboratory. 1995. Worksop Priory Gatehouse - Dendro Report.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any questions or more information about this record? Please feel free to comment below with your name and email address. All comments are submitted to the website maintainers for moderation, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible. Comments, questions and answers that may be helpful to other users will be retained and displayed along with the name you supply. The email address you supply will never be displayed or shared.