The Gatehouse to Worksop Priory was built about 1330 as guest accommodation for visitors to the Priory, where shelter and food was given free to any visitor for up to three days.
The statues in the higher niches represent St Augustine and St Cuthbert with a central figure representing The Holy Trinity with God the Father seated with the crucifix of God the Son on his knees and the dove of God the Spirit above. The lower missing statues are thought to have been knights of the Lovetot and Furnival families.
About 1390 the porch containing a shrine and chapel to the Blessed Virgin were added with an entrance at each side so that a line of pilgrims could enter by one door, kneel and pray, and leave by the other door. It is the only one of its kind to survive in England.
Original medieval timbers are still visible in the underside of the archway roof. In the upper storey is a vaulted room 42 feet by 21 feet and 15 feet high, which housed a school from 1628 until the late 19th century. Originally the road ran through the archway before being diverted in 1894.
In 1296 King Edward I gave Thomas Furnival a charter for a market and fair on the eve, day and morrow of the Feast of St Cuthbert and on the five following days. The market cross we see today may have originally been situated on the corner of Potter Street and Bridge Street and moved to the Priory in the early 19th century. The cross has been recently renovated.
For further information please go to Worksop Priory History, Worksop History, Worksop Fairs and Market.