Pictures: Inside Worksop Priory Gate House

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse,  John Palmer in the Wayside Chapel, Worksop Priory Gatehouse. (8)

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, John Palmer in the Wayside Chapel, Worksop Priory Gatehouse. (8)

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The Guardian was given a rare opportunity to take a tour of the Worksop Priory Gatehouse last week.

We were lucky enough to see inside the 14th century building - which is usually closed to members of the public.

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Wayside Chapel entrance stairway with Statues    ( 5 & 6)

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Wayside Chapel entrance stairway with Statues ( 5 & 6)

It was open for people to explore for free between Thursday, September 10 and Sunday, September 13 as part of a four-day festival celebrating England’s local history.

Our photographer Barrie Codling went along on Friday and took these picture-perfect snaps.

The Gatehouse was apparently built about 1330 as guest accommodation for visitors to the Priory Church, where visitors could get food and shelter for up to three days.

On the Priory Gatehouse, the Princes Regeneration website states: “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 is still occasionally used for worship and has an external wall covered in sculpture – a frontage which is unique in the UK but is deteriorating fast.

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Tiny Wayside Chapel (7)

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Tiny Wayside Chapel (7)

“In the 20th century Worksop prospered from the coal industry but then suffered badly after the closure of the deep mines.

“The restoration of the Priory Gatehouse offers an opportunity to create renewal in this part of town.”

To learn more about the Worksop Priory Church and Gatehouse, visit http://worksoppriory.co.uk/.

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Exterior of Priory Gatehouse, Rear view (4)

Wayside chapel interiors & exterior pics of Worksop Priory Gatehouse.'NWGU 11-9-15 gatehouse, Exterior of Priory Gatehouse, Rear view (4)