Hulne Friary: ruins of church and claustral buildings


DENWICK HULNE PARK NU 11 NE 6/63 Hulne Friary; ruins of church and 31.12.69 claustral buildings GV I Ruins of Carmelite Friary. Foundation c.1240 by William de Vesci; claustral buildings converted into house in C16; some late C18/early C19 alterations. Squared stone. Long aisleless church with south-east sacristy; cloister on south; east range incorporating cloister walk, with chapter house and warming house/reredorterblock both projecting to east. West gable of church with tall lancet and vesica above; south wall has 3 trefoiled lancets above corbelling for cloister roof, doorway to walking place between nave and choir, two 2- light windows to west of sacristy, triple sedilia and part of piscina. North wall and east end much reduced. Gabled 2-storey sacristy has piscina and recess with bowl, shelf and flue. Chapter house has double-chamfered door and 4 trefoiled lancets on south; warming house with fireplace. Transomed windows in south gable end of east range may be post-Dissolution alterations, as are blocked openings in south wall of cloister. Wall on west of cloister is outer wall of former west range, with attached C18 Gothick privy below earlier 1st floor fireplace and stack; to right is C18 summerhouse (q.v.). Unusual graveslab with Tau cross in floor of nave; worn slab set in west end of church brought in early C19 from St. Waleric's Church at Alnmouth. C18 statue of praying friar by south wall of chapter house. The best preserved and probably the earliest Carmelite friary in England; foundations of other buildings, identified from C16 survey, excavated 1888-9 by Duke of Northumberland, but now covered over. W.H. St. John Hope, 'On the Whitefriars or Carmelites of Hulne, Northumberland'. Archaeol. J. XLVII (1890) 105-129.








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