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Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.


Pevsners words were: Pentney Priory, 13/4 miles south west. Augustinian; founded before 1135. Quite a big house, usually with 15-20 canons. The imposing gatehouse alone remains, now serving as a Wedding Venue. The whole gate house has been refurbished, and now looks fabulous. Made of flint, and very broad,  to the outside with two flat-pitched gable over the centre. Below this two-light window and below that the broad arch-way with its four-centred head. In the spandrel shields in quatrefoils. Beyond the turrets the wall still continues at the same height, and here the staircases were housed. The parts behind the turrets were three-storeyed with rooms with fireplaces. The archway has two big blank arches, left and right and was formerly vaulted. small doorways to the rooms on the left and right.

Pentney Abbey enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence from its founding by the Sheriff of Cumberland in the 12th century right up until King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in 1536. When Henry VIII proclaimed himself head of the newly formed Church of England, many monasteries were confiscated, sold, or retained as churches. Sadly, the priory buildings at Pentney were quickly demolished but the Gatehouse remained and was used as a dwelling until the 18th century. For over 300 years the Gatehouse deteriorated and in the 1990s it was placed on the ‘At Risk’ register by English Heritage. By 2011, Pentney Abbey was a mass of fallen walls, overgrown with vegetation and debris, and thus a decision was made to restore the building to its former glory. Thanks to the passion of the previous owners, English Heritage, and several other dedicated souls, Pentney Abbey was brought back to life.

Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Pentney Abbey Gate House.
Go to: www.pentneyabbey.com 
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