The Nunnery Gateway

The gatehouse is the arched entrance to the Church drive, leading to the Church and Vicarage. It is estimated to be late 14th century and is two-storey. The walls are of rough ashlar, except over the gateway itself, where they are of timber framing with a late 14th century roof. The gateway is some 12 feet wide but has lost its original north and south arches to give it the squared look of today.

Nunnery gateway

If we look inside the gateway about halfway along there are stone projections. These are all that remain of a central archway where the original door would have been fixed. The smaller archway has similar remains of a central arch. The small door in the south side of the building is also original.

The timber-framed cottage, north of the east end of the gatehouse and at right angles to it is early 16th century. The row of cottages which carry on from this building have 17th century framing, much renovated.

The gatehouse was sympathetically renovated in 2011 and is now two holiday properties, The Porter’s Lodge and Gatehouse Croft.

The Porter’s Lodge and Gatehouse Croft.

 

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