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HER Number:MDV11863
Name:St. Sylvester's Chapel


Possible location of St. Silvester's Chapel, which is frequently referred to in the parish accounts of the 16th century.


Grid Reference:SS 488 374
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/29

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV74033.

Medieval St. Sylvester's Chapel (Site of)
1. References to Lysons and Chanter
2. Visited 30/9/1953. Dean's Field is an area north of the parsonage, with the stream to the west and Silver Street to the east, in which, in the late 19th century, stood the remains of a stone building always known as St. Sylvester's Chapel.
3. The exact spot where the ruin stood was pointed out to the investigator.There is no trace of masonry still visible, but a very slight raised platform, of the approximate dimensions (given by Chanter) was observed. Field is under pasture. Other details: Sketch plan.

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica, 66 (Monograph). SDV323771.

Chanter, J. F., 1934, The Church of St. Brannock, Braunton (Pamphlet). SDV341340.

St. Sylvester's chapel is frequently referred to in the Parish Accounts. This chapel stood in the Dean's field near the parsonage. It measured 25 feet by 9 feet 9 inches. The timber was removed 1800, though the walls remained some years after, but now every vestige of it has disappeared.

Slee, A. H., 1941, Braunton and its Manors, 198 (Article in Serial). SDV83677.

St. Sylvester's chapel, Silver Street, one of five lady chapels associated with Braunton Church

Pearce, S. M., 1985, The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part), 271-72 (Article in Serial). SDV336495.

Possible site of St. Sylvester's Chapel, on the south side of the village near an area recorded in the 1841 Tithe Apportionment as 'Chapel Close'. Other details: Figure 7.

Haggerty, F. M., 1991, St. Michael's Chapel, Braunton: A Survey of the Standing Remains, 8 (Un-published). SDV83681.

Lysons erroneously names the site of St. Michael's as St. Sylvesters, however he also refers to the ruins of an un-named chapel at Buckland, in the sanctuary grounds, which could be St. Sylvesters.

Coulter, J., 1993, Untitled Source, 29 (Monograph). SDV341318.

Within the area known as 'Dean's Tenement' on the Tithe Map are 2 fields named Old chapel Orchard and Chapel Close. Within the former can be seen the clear outline of a building standing alone and adjacent to a trackway leading to Buckland.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 66.
SDV336495Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1985. The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part). Archaeological Journal. 142. A4 Stapled + Digital. 271-72.
SDV341318Monograph: Coulter, J.. 1993. The Ancient Chapels of North Devon. Photocopy + Digital. 29.
SDV341340Pamphlet: Chanter, J. F.. 1934. The Church of St. Brannock, Braunton. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV74033Migrated Record:
SDV83677Article in Serial: Slee, A. H.. 1941. Braunton and its Manors. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. Hardback Volume. 198.
SDV83681Un-published: Haggerty, F. M.. 1991. St. Michael's Chapel, Braunton: A Survey of the Standing Remains. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.

Associated Monuments

MDV41804Related to: St Sylvester's Chapel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2009 4:53PM