Record Details

NHER Number:46329
Type of record:Building
Name:Remains of St George's Nunnery in the grounds of Nunnery Place, Nuns Bridges Road

Summary

This building stands to the southeast of the Benedictine Nunnery of St George (NHER 5892). It may be the site of a hospital building that was founded in 1120 but the structure that remains dates to the late medieval period and was altered in the 17th century. It is made from clunch, limestone and flint with reused ashlar and some brick dressings. The plan is rectangular with a narrower north extension. The west side has stepped buttresses whilst the east façade has several blocked openings. Although originally a two storey structure, only the first storey now remains.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 87316 82222
Map Sheet:TL88SE
Parish:THETFORD, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

April 1951. Listed, Grade II*.
Listing Description Excerpt:
"Remains of St George's Nunnery (NHER 5892) in grounds of Nunnery Place House.
Conventual building to southeast of Benedictine nunnery of St George, possibly hospital. Founded around 1160, but remaining buildings late medieval, altered 17th century."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current listing details.
Amended E. McDonald (HES), 8 November 2019.

September 1985. Site Visit.
Structural remains on the site were examined by A. Rogerson during a brief site visit.
A roofless structure (NHER 46329) was noted to be in line with the east range of the cloister site and it was suggested that this may have been a reredorter or an infirmary.
SEE NHER 5892 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
H. Hamilton (NLA), 31 October 2008.

1987. Revised Listing by S. Heywood.
Ruin to South. Late medieval conventual building restored in the 16th/17th century, since ruinated. Rectangular, much re-used ashlar; clunch and flint construction. Formerly two storeys with staged buttresses to the west. The west wall has windows and a late medieval doorway; the east façade has openings. Grade II*.
Extracted from Listing by E. Rose (NAU), 7 April 1987.

October 1988. Building Survey.
A detailed survey of the fabric of the standing buildings within the Nunnery grounds was carried out.
See note in secondary file for NHER 5892 (with references to S2) for further details.
H. Hamilton (NLA), 05 November 2008.

Monument Types

  • BENEDICTINE NUNNERY (12th Century to 16th Century - 1140 AD to 1540 AD)
  • HOSPITAL? (12th Century - 1140 AD to 1160 AD)
  • BUILDING (14th Century to 21st Century - 1400 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TL 88 SE 21 [6].
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 710.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1195915.
<S2>Illustration: Wilkinson. 1822. Illustrations of Thetford.

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5892Part of: St George's Nunnery (Monument)

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