Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse

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Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse
Abbey Gate House - geograph.org.uk - 1330157.jpg
the remains of the gatehouse in Ramsey
LocationRamsey, Cambridgeshire, England
AreaHuntingdonshire
Built15th century
Demolished1537
Governing bodyNational Trust
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Gatehouse to Ramsey Abbey
Designated1 May 1951
Reference no.1130258

Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse was the gatehouse to the Benedictine Ramsey Abbey in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), England. The gatehouse is Perpendicular Gothic and was built late in the 15th century.

In 1537 the abbey was dissolved and the Crown granted its buildings and site to Richard Williams (alias Cromwell), who used most of the buildings as a surface quarry for the Barnack stone. He had part of the gatehouse (believed to be the outer gatehouse) dismantled, moved to Hinchingbrooke House and rebuilt as its gatehouse there.[1] The remainder of the gatehouse survives as a ruin at Ramsey.

In 1951 the Ministry of Works made the gatehouse a Grade I listed building.[2] In 1952 Ailwyn Fellowes, 3rd Baron de Ramsey gave the gatehouse to the National Trust in memory of his sister Diana Broughton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pevsner 1968, p. 332.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Gatehouse to Ramsey Abbey  (Grade I) (1149811)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2017.

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Coordinates: 52°26′54″N 0°06′11″W / 52.448365°N 0.103012°W / 52.448365; -0.103012