Hawkesyard Priory

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Hawkesyard Priory
View towards the High Altar.JPG
View towards the high altar
52°44′37.8″N 1°54′11.4″W / 52.743833°N 1.903167°W / 52.743833; -1.903167Coordinates: 52°44′37.8″N 1°54′11.4″W / 52.743833°N 1.903167°W / 52.743833; -1.903167
Location Armitage, Staffordshire
Country England
Denomination Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom
Previous denomination Roman Catholic
Website oldcatholichurchuk.com
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Architect(s) Edward Goldie
Groundbreaking 1896
Completed 1914

Hawkesyard Priory was a Dominican priory in Armitage, Staffordshire, England, built between 1896 and 1914[1] which included the Roman Catholic Priory Church of St Thomas.


The church was built between 1896 and 1914 for the Dominican Order by the architect Edward Goldie. It consists of a hammer beam roof with eight bays of large perpendicular windows, with a facade of the Royal Chapel type, and a fan vaulted chapel on the south side.

The Dominican friars left the site in 1988 and the estate was sold in 1999 to a private buyer. The priory church is now used by all diocesan bishops of the Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom as their provincial cathedral. The buildings which would have been the living quarters for the friars has now been converted into a nursing home.


The organ dates from 1700 by Father Smith and came from Eton College. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[2]


  1. ^ English Heritage Website
  2. ^ "NPOR D02316". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 28 December 2014.