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HER Number:MDV11865
Name:St Brannock's Chapel


Believed to be the site of St. Brannock's Chapel, adjacent to St. Brannock's Well. The ruins of a previous building were cleared when the existing St. Brannock's Well Church was built in the 1950s.


Grid Reference:SS 487 373
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/31
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS43NE 11

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

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

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.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 346 (Monograph). SDV17562.

St. Brannoc founded a chapel here (at Braunton), perhaps at Buckland ,where there is a St. Brannock's Well and where a chapel dedicated to the saint formerly stood.

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.

Unknown, 1956 - 1958, Review of Stephan, 336 (Article in Serial). SDV341587.

Stephan, J., 1958, St Brannoc's Chapel and Well, 98-113 (Article in Serial). SDV341586.

Stone edifice erected on the foundations of the ruin and consecrated in 1958. Description of the ancient chapel and the new one, and an outline of St. Brannoc's life and works given.

Pearce, S. M., 1985, The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part), 271-2 (Article in Serial). SDV336495.

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 mention of a chapel 'in the sanctuary grounds'.

Coulter, J., 1993, Untitled Source, 28 (Monograph). SDV341318.

The most likely site of this chapel was near to Buckland Manor, where, according to the present owner, the remains existed until the construction of the Roman Catholic St. Brannock's Holywell Church in 1957, when they were cleared away. The well, named after St. Brannock, is nearby.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17296Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 8SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 346.
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. 271-2.
SDV341318Monograph: Coulter, J.. 1993. The Ancient Chapels of North Devon. Photocopy + Digital. 28.
SDV341340Pamphlet: Chanter, J. F.. 1934. The Church of St. Brannock, Braunton. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV341586Article in Serial: Stephan, J.. 1958. St Brannoc's Chapel and Well. Buckfast Abbey Chronicle. 28:2. Unknown. 98-113.
SDV341587Article in Serial: Unknown. 1956 - 1958. Review of Stephan. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 27. Unknown. 336.
SDV341614Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1954. SS43NE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV83681Un-published: Haggerty, F. M.. 1991. St. Michael's Chapel, Braunton: A Survey of the Standing Remains. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.

Associated Monuments

MDV16296Related to: Braunton (Monument)
MDV186Related to: St Brannock's Holy Well (Monument)
MDV11864Related to: St. Brannock's Chapel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2009 1:45PM