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HER Number:24541
Name:MERTHER UNY - Iron Age round, Early Medieval chapel, Post Medieval nonconformist chapel


An ovoid enclosure at Merther-Uny excavated by Charles Thomas in 1968, commenced as a round and was later used as a lann. A C12 chapel and graveyard were also found.

Grid Reference:SW 7034 2932
Parish:Gweek, Kerrier, Cornwall
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Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument CO162B-C: Round, medieval chapel, burial ground and standing cross 60m south east of Merthyr Uny House

Other References/Statuses

  • Cornwall PROJECT ID: JG
  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW72NW 22
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 24541

Monument Type(s):

Full description

The ovoid enclosure at Merther-Uny was excavated by Charles Thomas in 1968 (b1). It commenced as an Iron Age/Romano-British round (24541.1) indicated by sherds from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD (24541.11). At around 1000 it was reused as a lann (24541.2), the excavation producing bar-lug pottery (24541.21) and evidence of an early medieval graveyard (24541.22). There is a fine pre-Norman cross (24541.23) and evidence of an alleged holy well nearby (24541.24). Charles Thomas found remains of a chapel from the 12th century (24541.3) And pottery of the same period (24541.31), and a medieval graveyard (24541.32). A later enlarged chapel was in use by the 14th and 15th centuries which appears to have enjoyed quasi-parochial status up until the time of the Reformation (24541.4). An attempt was made in the 19th century to build a Methodist chapel on the site of the final medieval chapel but remains of this were removed c1920 (24541.5).

<1> Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 198-, Drawing Archive, Hanging (GRH), GRH 19 (Cartographic materials). SCO5088.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SCO5088 - Cartographic materials: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 198-. Drawing Archive, Hanging (GRH). GRH 19.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records

24541.22Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Early Medieval cemetery (Monument)
24541.23Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Early Medieval cross (Monument)
24541.21Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Early Medieval findspot (Find Spot)
24541.20Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Early Medieval lann (Monument)
24541.11Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Iron Age /Romano British findspot (Find Spot)
24541.10Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Iron Age round, Romano British round (Monument)
24541.32Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Medieval cemetery (Monument)
24541.30Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Medieval chapel (Monument)
24541.40Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Medieval chapel (Monument)
24541.31Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Medieval findspot (Find Spot)
24541.24Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Medieval holy well (Monument)
24541.50Parent of: MERTHER UNY - Post Medieval nonconformist chapel (Monument)