Client: Pentney Priory
Completed:
Category: Ancient Ruins
Contract:
Architect:
What we did...
  • Conservation
  • Restoration & Repairs
  • Heritage Roofing
  • Stone Masonry
  • Brickwork

Pentney Priory was founded around 1130 by Robert De Vaux and was one of the wealthier monastic communities Norfolk. The 14th-century gatehouse is the only surviving monastic building from the once powerful priory, which would once have included several monastic buildings including a grand church.

The Grade I listed gatehouse has had a difficult history with substantial deterioration to the point where it was placed on the ‘at-risk’ register, including some danger of collapse, with falling masonry and leaking walls.

USL carried out extensive repairs and reconstruction of the external and internal walls to the gatehouse as well as install a new roof.  The project included careful recording, dismantling and reconstruction of the crenulated parapets, replacement of missing, damaged and moulded stonework in Ancaster and Carr stone, new brickwork including new wall arches, new dressed and moulded stone piers, springers, voussoirs and key stones.

The medieval gatehouse is one of the last of its kind and now serves as a popular events and wedding venue.

Read more

The medieval gatehouse is one of the last of its kind and now serves as a popular events and wedding venue.

 

Related Works Latest case studies