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Chapel of St Michael

Hob Uid: 113665
Location :
Worcestershire
Malvern Hills
Malvern
Grid Ref : SO7739045780
Summary : The nursing home, Bello Sguardo was built in 1840 on the site of a cottage called Hermitage Cottage. When the latter was pulled down in 1825, a Mediaeval undercroft was discovered beneath it, and human bones were found in the garden. It is thought that this is the site of St Michael's Chapel, extant in 1545. This chapel is also thought to be the former oratory of St Werstan.
More information : A villa named Bello Sguardo (SO 77394578) has been suggested as the site of St Michael's chapel, destroyed shortly after the Dissolution. When the villa was built in 1840 a cottage called The Hermitage on its site was pulled down which contained carvings of an ecclesiastical nature. Parts of coffins and bones were dug up in its orchard. (1)

The site of St Michael's Chapel appears marked in the map given
by Dr Thomas in his account of Great Malvern priory published
in 1725. Some small remains of this chapel, which was probably
the oratory of St Werstan, were reported still to exist within
a walled garden in the upper part of the village. (2)

St Michael's Chapel, recorded in 1545, was on the site of Hermitage Cottage which, when pulled down in 1825, was found to have beneath it medieval undercroft. (3)

SO 77394578. Bello Sguardo is now a nursing home. The staff know nothing regarding St. Michael's Chapel. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : The Victoria history of the county of Worcester: volume four
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Page(s) : 123
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Source Number : 1a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Antiq of Moche Malverne 171 (Nott)
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Source Number : 1b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Antiq Prioratus Majoris Malverne 21 (William Thomas)
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Source Number : 2
Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details : W Dyke, curate of Cradley Herefordshire
Page(s) : 67
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Vol(s) : 1, 1844
Source Number : 3
Source : Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham Archaeological Society transactions, excursions and reports
Source details : FTS Houghton
Page(s) : 85
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Vol(s) : 45, 1919
Source Number : 3a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Great Malvern Church 5 (Deane)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MHB 01-JUL-71
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Chapel
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Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Chapel
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SO 74 NE 13
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SO 74 NE 13
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-07-01
End Date : 1971-07-01