Worksop Priory Gatehouse
14th century Grade I listed building with unique external sculpture.
Worksop Priory is an Augustinian monastery founded in the early 12th century. The Gatehouse was added in the early 14th century and is now a Grade I listed building. It includes a shrine chapel which was occasionally used for worship and has an external wall covered in sculpture – a frontage which is unique in the UK but was fast deteriorating.
After securing funding from Historic England, Notts County Council, Notts Historic Churches Trust, and the Thoresby Charitable Foundation, the Gatehouse Shrine Chapel at Worksop Priory is now restored. Repair works began late in October 2015 and appointed contractors, Skillington Workshop, completed the works in May 2016. The works comprised of repairs and maintenance to the internal and external fabric of the Gatehouse Shrine Chapel including but not limited to the roof, parapets, re-pointing and stonework. The restoration of the Worksop Priory Gatehouse Shrine offers an opportunity to create renewal in this part of town.
The Cloister wall, which is also at risk and is part of the Worksop Conservation Area, will be undergoing repairs starting in mid-July 2016. Historic England has offered a separate grant for its repair.
Our involvement with the Worksop Priory and Gatehouse Community Trust (WPGCT) began in 2008 when English Heritage contacted and introduced us to them. In November 2008, we led a planning day bringing together the various stakeholders, and a steering group comprising WPGCT, the local council and other stakeholders, which now meets regularly. To begin with, we worked on restoring an adjacent building, the Priorswell Centre, which was a school attached to the Priory. This was very successful and now has office space and meeting rooms which can be rented out.
The WPGCT applied for an HLF start-up grant in June 2016 to conduct an Options Appraisal and Feasibility Study. The Trust aims to explore and cost all the possible uses of the rest of the Gatehouse, taking into account potential community use.