Monument record M5159 - Worksop Priory


AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY (Medieval to Tudor); PRIORY (Medieval to Tudor)


Grid reference SK 59049 78900 (point)
Map sheet SK57NE
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Worksop, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Priory of Augustinian canons, founded c.1120 and dissolved 1538. This was a large priory ... probably for a prior and at least 18 canons, there being this number shortly before the suppression. The priory of St Mary and St Cuthbert stood in the hamlet of Radford, and possessed wealthy endowments and had recieved important trading rights. On its dissolution June 1538 the priory estates passed to the earl of Shrewsbury, and the ownership of that part of the lands covered by the priory buildings is now vested in Worksop Corporation. The nave of the conventual church remains, the rest of its plan having been recovered. Of the monastic buildings to the N of the church, the pillared undercroft of the W range has only its W wall standing; the upper storey has gone, the parlour remains restored as a vestry. Most of the site is covered by a cemetery. The nave is in use for public worship and it is hoped to erect a choir and central tower. (1) (2)
The extant remains of this house are now incorporated into the church and property of St Mary and St Cuthbert. They comprise the nave of the conventual church, now in use for public worship. St Mary's Chapel now joined to the S tansept and re-named the Lady Chapel. A fragement of the W wall of the cloister. The former parlour is now within the modern church. Extensive restoration and rebuilding is now in progress and is nearing completion. (8)
The date of the foundation of the Priory is given by Dugdale['s Monasticon] as … AD 1103. (9)
See M5160 for cross, M4372 for gatehouse, M8967 for church. See also M6100 for infirmary and M4413 for watermill.

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


<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> Trollope E, 1859-60, Associated Architectural Society Reports and Papers, p 208 (Article in serial). SNT421.

<4> Stacye J, 1874, Journal of the British Archaeological Association, p 277 (Article in serial). SNT192.

<5> White R, 1875, Worksop: The Dukery and Sherwood Forest (Published document). SNT1415.

<6> D'Arcy GJA, 1930, Worksop Priory: the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert (Published document). SNT601.

<7> Walker CW, 1946, Guide to Priory… (Published document). SNT1389.

<8> Colquhoun FD, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT582.

<9> Thoroton Society, 1905, TTS, p 84 (Published document). SNT332.

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  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • <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> Article in serial: Trollope E. 1859-60. Associated Architectural Society Reports and Papers. Worksop Priory. 5. p 208.
  • <4> Article in serial: Stacye J. 1874. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. The Priory Church of Worksop or Radford, Notts. 30. p 277.
  • <5> Published document: White R. 1875. Worksop: The Dukery and Sherwood Forest.
  • <6> Published document: D'Arcy GJA. 1930. Worksop Priory: the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert.
  • <7> Published document: Walker CW. 1946. Guide to Priory….
  • <8> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <9> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1905. TTS. 9. p 84.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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