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St Katherines Chapel

Hob Uid: 39044
Location :
Sefton
Lydiate
Grid Ref : SD3639004890
Summary : A ruined chapel which was erected by the Ireland family before the death of John Ireland in 1486. The chapel, also known as Lydiate Abbey, is a rectangular building with a tower at the west end and a porch at the western end of the south wall. The walls of the chapel stand to their full height and are in good repair. The tower stands to its original height but is without a roof. The west window in the west wall of the tower has its tracery missing. The porch has only the lower courses of stonework left and shows a shallow Tudor style archway through to the interior. In the south wall are three-light perpendicular style windows with some tracery remaining. The chapel is Scheduled and Listed Grade II*.
More information :
(SD 36390489) St Katherine's Chapel (NR) (Remains of). (1)

The ruined chapel called Lydiate Abbey was dedicated to St Katherine.
It is rectangular in plan measuring 46ft. 9ins with a small west
tower. The date of the building is probably fixed by the initials
of Lawrence Ireland (died before 1486) on the south porch. (2-3)

St Katherine's Chapel which is locally and wrongly known as Lydiate
Abbey, consists of a ruined roofless nave and west tower with
a portion of a porch at the west end of the south wall.

The chapel is partly ivy-covered and a fair amount of masonry has
fallen into the nave and also lies about the chapel itself. The
disused burial ground to the south contains several tombstones two
of which bear the dates 1721 and 1728. (AO/F/51/254). (4)

Remains of St. Katherine's Chapel grade 1. (5)

SD 364049 St Katherine's Chapel. Scheduled. (6)

Detailed survey of "St Catherine's Chapel" carried out in 1975.The
building is in a very precarious state,but there is still sufficient
upstanding masonry to make this chapel "a remarkable ancient monument"in that as a one period medieval site, it is unique on Merseyside.
Gibson(source 3) carried out excavation within the chapel. (7)

Excavations at St. Catherine's Chapel in 1979-80 following DoE consolidation of the masonry and before landscaping of the site. The interior was fully excavated, uncovering the chancel division, alter and a large quantity of window glass. Several pieces of window tracery was recovered from deposits without the walls. Earlier disturbance made dating difficult, but a C16 date is assured. (8)(9)

St Katherine's Chapel. Ruined chapel. Grade 2*. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : 6" 1955
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of Lancaster, volume three
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 22/07/1997
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Gibson TE Rev. 1876. Lydiate Hall and its Associations, 173-82
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : 05/09/1951
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Provisional List for West Lancashire Rural District 1965, 24
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Heritage. 1987. Scheduled Ancient Monument List Merseyside, 4
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Source : Journal of the Merseyside Archaeological Society
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Page(s) : 43-57
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Source Number : 8
Source : Journal of the Merseyside Archaeological Society
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Vol(s) : 6, 1984-5
Source Number : 9
Source : Journal of the Merseyside Archaeological Society
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Page(s) : 15-28
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Vol(s) : 6, 1984-5
Source Number : 10
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : Sefton 17/01/1986
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Late C15 (Before 1486)
Monument End Date : 1486
Monument Start Date : 1467
Monument Type : Chapel
Evidence : Ruined Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : ME 5
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 27602
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 216496
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LA 42
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SD 30 SE 2
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1547864
Relationship type : Is referred to by
Associated Monuments : 1103681
Relationship type :

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ST CATHERINE'S CHAPEL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1876-01-01
End Date : 1876-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ST CATHERINE'S CHAPEL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1932-01-01
End Date : 1932-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ST CATHERINE'S CHAPEL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1979-01-01
End Date : 1980-12-31