Conservation

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton *

Client: English Heritage
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Mount Grace Priory represents the most complete surviving example of a Carthusian monastery in this country. Each monk lived in seclusion in his own individual cell, with its own enclosed garden, each opening off a large cloister. Although owned by the National Trust, the site has been managed by English Heritage since 1959. In the 1890's, Sir Lowthian Bell 'reconstructed' Cell 8 a result of damage caused by dry rot. With the need to carry out major repairs, English Heritage took the opportunity to restore and rebuild the Cell with a greater degree of historical accuracy.

Although extensive repair and alteration work was carried out on the main Guest House, the Cell 8 project involved two phases of work that were the result of careful design, based on archaeological evidence and historical research. Working closely with the English Heritage Inspectorate, the initial stage included the consolidation of the cell, the in-filling of leaded light windows and the restoration of oak floors, partitions, fixtures and fittings. The second phase involved the rebuilding of masonry walls to recreate the original total enclosure of the cell garden, the reconstruction of the pentices, (lean-to passages allowing access to the lavatory) with stone tiled roofs, elm gutters and decorative ironwork.

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