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RUSHLAKE PRIORY

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  PRIORY HOTEL
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Remains of Augustinian Priory of the Holy Trinity, also known as Rushlake Priory, and the New Priory of Hastings. Founded in 1413 when the brothers from Hastings Priory (TQ 80 NW15)were moved here, dissolved 1536. The surviving remains are at Priory Farm, which itself is built of monastic stonework. The priory church was a cruciform structure 130 feet long, unusually large for a monastic church. The South front of the present farmhouse is a part of the Priory buildings. It comprises two rooms, one called "the Hall" which was probably the Refectory, and the other called "the parlour" which may have been the Chapter House. All that remains of the priory church are the South, East and part of the North walls of the chancel, surviving to a height of circa1.3m. The foundations of the nave and transepts, planned by Turner, cannot be traced, but "toothing" at the North-West corner of the disused stables probably indicated that the church extended that far, giving an overall length of circa 38.0m. The disused stables undoubtedly incorporate parts of the original West range of priory buildings, but it cannot be ascertained whether the wall to the South of the church is contemporary. Priory Farmhouse, now deserted, is a 16th century Tudor dwelling displaying no ecclesiastic features, though it is almost certianly constructed of re-used material from the Priory.

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