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“Why so poorly available or publicised?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Prysten House

Prysten House
Finewell Street, Plymouth PL1 2AD, England
44 1752 661414
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“Why so poorly available or publicised?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I have walked past this lovely old building dozens of times. I have read about it in local histories. I have seen plenty of pictures and photos of the outside but almost nothing of the interior, except for Yvonne Turner's short assembly cut to Bach chamber music and easily found on YouTube. Her style of slow close up pans across architectural features etc does not include anything which gives a clear wide view or any real impression of the interior. We have tried several times to gain entry and find out more but if you come to the building and look at or even knock on any of the doors to the upper (non-restaurant) part then there is never a reply and there are no notices with any contact details or any explanation of how or whether entry can be gained ever. Who owns it, the Church? The council? Some private individual. A very fine building has been turned into a fair poor local asset or attraction because so little can be found out about it.

Visited May 2013
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“Grade I listed but history confusing and unclear.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The English Heritage website gives a clear description of the architectural history but nothing very reliable or convincing about the social history. The council or the church seem to own it but there is no organised pattern of publicity or arrangements for access or visiting. Most people now think that it was never ecclesiastical but was built and owned by the sixteenth or seventeenth century trader or merchant. There have bern lots of changes the most significant and useful from a conservation point of view being by the church authorities at St Andrews who rebuilt and restored the buildings at te western side after WWI as a memorial to parishioners killed in that war. The eastern end ground floor and courtyard is currently a restaurant. The twentieth century bit at the west is now the very characterful Abbey Hall used for various uses with a big room with a stage where we have bern to lots of great parties and also events after concerts funerals and other activities in the church. Never been able to access the top rooms but I understand they have parochial administrative and other uses. What a pity there is not more public information so that this evidently important and delightful building is not known to and used by more people. Our last experience was an excellent Burns night supper and ceilidh just last month in the Abbey Hall organised by the couple who run the Chancel bistro in nearby St. Andrew Street.

Visited January 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

What can I say!! A superb day out for all the family and should be advertised better!! Thank you!! My family had a great day and want to go back in the near future

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“Obviously significant but no information”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2011

More often than not the Plymouth tourist set up seems to fail miserably to provide useful or any marketing information on important historical buildings. This fifteenth century building with a good deal of character, an attractive exterior, interesting interior and central courtyard is not obviously open or publicised. The ground floor is let to and largely occupied by a cafe/restaurant and nothing much is known or seen of the upper floor except that it once held a late twentieth century tapestry relating some local history. Pity the building seems to just lie unappreciated and largely ignored except by American or Japanese tourists who find the exterior with the added backdrop of St Andrews church one of the very few photogenic aspects in the town.

Visited February 2011
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