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MONKTON OLD HALL; OLD HALL, PEMBROKE

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NPRN 22328

Map Reference SM90SE

Grid Reference SM9805401432

Unitary (Local) Authority Pembrokeshire

Old County Pembrokeshire

Community Pembroke

Type of Site GATEHOUSE, GUEST HOUSE

Broad Class Domestic

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Monkton Old Hall is a medieval building, possibly of 13th or 14th century origins, drastically restored from a ruinous condition in the late 19th-early 20th century.

From descrptions of the structure before renovation it appears to have consisted of two, superimposed halls, the lower vaulted and partly rock-cut, a lateral chamber and a projecting kitchen block. An illustration in Arch. Camb. 1868, between pp70-71, (Barnwell, E.L.) shows what appears to be a gatehouse, with the arch blocked and the blocking pierced by a pointed-arched doorway, however this arrangement is not described in the text.

It is possible that the building is a guesthouse, with two halls, belonging to Monkton Priory (Nprn582), rather than, as Barnwell suggests, the Prior's lodging (Arch. Cam. 1868, pp70-73). It is possible that there is some confusion between this building and Priory Farm (Nprn30096). A gatehouse is shown in approximately this position by Speed (1610).

(source Os495card; SM90SE14)
J.Wiles 13.05.02

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