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HER Number:MDV11864
Name:St. Brannock's Chapel


Possible site of St.Brannock's chapel, one of 5 lady chapels associated with Braunton's parish church


Grid Reference:SS 488 371
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/30
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS43NE 11

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Ordnance survey symbol for chapel shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 8SE (Cartographic). SDV17296.

'Chapel (Site of) shown.

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

St. Brannock's Chapel is mentioned in the church accounts for 1562 and 1588 as being repaired. Although at the present day this name is often applied to the ruin on Chapel Hill, I have reason to believe that the site of this chapel was at Buckland, near St. Brannock's Well, and that it was removed in the 18th century.

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

One of 5 lady chapels, St. Brannock's was probably near the parish church room. The field adjoining is named Chapel Close in the old tithe map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1954, SS43NE11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341614.

Medieval St. Brannock's Chapel (possible site of).
1. Chapel (Site of)
2. The site of an ancient chapel.
3. St. Brannock's Chapel is often applied to the ruin on Chapel Hill (St. Michael's Chapel). References to Lysons and Chanter.
4. On the Tithe Map, the area to the west of the present day church room (west of Ordnance Survey siting symbol), is shown as St. Brannock's Close, and the area in which the church room stands is shown as Dean's Yard. The Ordnance Survey siting is considered to be the site of St. Brannock's Chapel.
5A. No visible traces of a chapel could be found in the vicinity of St. Brannock's well, and no more definite information could be obtained during investigation. Immediately to the north-east of the well is a ruined cottage.
5B. No visible traces of a chapel exist in the area of the Ordnance Survey siting symbol. To the west stands the modern church room and to the east a cultivated garden.

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

Probably site of St. Brannock's chapel.

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

In the History of Braunton, the 'shell' of St. Brannock's chapel is described as 'in a wood above Brampton', but there is also a mention of a chapel 'in the sanctuary grounds'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17296Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 8SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 66.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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.
SDV341340Pamphlet: Chanter, J. F.. 1934. The Church of St. Brannock, Braunton. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV341614Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1954. SS43NE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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

MDV11865Related to: St Brannock's Chapel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2009 11:01AM