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SANDWELL PRIORY

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The ruins, earthworks and buried remains of Sandwell Priory, and the buried remains of a post-Dissolution house and those of Sandwell Hall, the 19th century house which replaced it, together with part of its associated garden remains. Sandwell Priory, a Benedictine house, was founded in the late 12th century and dissolved in 1525. Excavations have revealed a church with nave, apsidal chancel and apsidal transepts.A house, described as Priory House, was created from the renovated remains of some of the claustral buildings. In 1701 Lord Dartmouth bought the site and a new house was erected. The demolition of the hall in 1928 revealed that some monastic foundations had been re-used for the construction of the hall and medieval masonry incorporated within the 18th century fabric. The foundations of most of the east end of the priory church and the priory's east range are visible on the ground surface whilst the rest of the priory buildings will survive as buried features. Excavations in the northern part of the inner precinct have shown that the main walls of the east range, which was incorporated into the post-Dissolution house, show evidence of alteration during this period. The floor layout of Priory House appears to have have been based closely on that part of the priory, but with sub-division by brick partition walls. The construction of the new Sandwell Hall in 1705-11, however, resulted in changes across the site, with the east range of the priory becoming the west range of the hall. To the north and north west of the inner precint are a series of ponds alinged east-west, of which three are considered to be monastic in origin. In the 18th and 19th centuries much of the land around Sandwell Hall was laid out as landscaped gardens with a ha-ha bounding those to the east and north east. Excavations on the site have also revealed prehistoric and Roman occupation. A burnt mound was indicated by heat-cracked pebbles. Scheduled.

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