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HER Number:28675
Name:CHAPEL DOWNS - Medieval chapel


The remains of a chapel and well, within a modern enclosure.

Grid Reference:SW 4178 2929
Parish:Sancreed, Penwith, Cornwall
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Protected Status

  • Conservation Area: SANCREED CHURCHTOWN
  • Scheduled Monument 31855: CHAPEL AND HOLY WELL ON CHAPEL DOWNS

Other References/Statuses

  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW42NW 9
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 28675
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW42NW 34

Monument Type(s):

  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Full description

On Chapel Downs, Sancreed, 0.25 miles west of Sancreed church are the remains of a chapel and well, within a modern enclosure. The chapel and well were restored in the C19 after their discovery in 1879, by the vicar of Sancreed (b2). The chapel measures 14ft by 6ft 7in (4.27m by 2.01m) internally. The walls, of crude dugstone, are up to 0.7m thick and have a maximum height of 1.2m; none of the stone is dressed. There is an entrance in the south-west corner. Lying on the ground in the entrance is a small, round headed arch with simple moulding, cut from a single stone (h1). This must be the evidence of late C15 or early C16 work, mentioned by the OS. One of the stones across the overflow channel from the well has a stopped chamfer which is probably a door jamb (h1).
The monument was included in the Schedule on 2/1/1968 and the Scheduling was affirmed on 25/11/1999.

Site history:
1: 1960. STALLWOOD / OS

<1> BLIGHT, JT, 1864, UNKNOWN TITLE, VOL I (Unedited Source). SCO6175.

<2> Quiller-Couch, M & L, 1894, Ancient and Holy Wells of Cornwall, 210 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4202.

<3> Russell, V, 1971, West Penwith Survey (Bibliographic reference). SCO4314.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SCO6175 - Unedited Source: BLIGHT, JT. 1864. UNKNOWN TITLE. JRIC. VOL I.
[2]SCO4202 - Bibliographic reference: Quiller-Couch, M & L. 1894. Ancient and Holy Wells of Cornwall. 210.
[3]SCO4314 - Bibliographic reference: Russell, V. 1971. West Penwith Survey.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records

28675.10Parent of: CHAPEL DOWN - Medieval/ Post Medieval holy well (Monument)
28675.20Parent of: CHAPEL DOWN - Modern cross (Monument)