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HER Number:MDV12444
Name:Chapel at Upcott Barton


Outbuilding, possibly former chapel, of early 15th century date.


Grid Reference:SS 477 074
Map Sheet:SS40NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSheepwash
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPWASH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS40NE/8
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 51NE (Cartographic). SDV335798.

"Chapel (Remains of)".

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1958 - 1981, SS40NE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV20993.

Visited 28/3/1958. Remains incorporated into a barn, part stone, part rubble masonry. A stone door arch, supposed original is set into north wall, east wall, which is almost a metre thick, has window holes in it.

Seymour, D. J., 1977, Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands, 189 (Monograph). SDV340436.

Amongst the outbuildings is one that is said to be a chapel. It has a pointed arch to its entrance and there are windows with their old wood mullions still intact. This building is of two storeys and rather like Neadon at Manaton where the upper floor was for human occupation whilst the animals lived below.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, Untitled Source (Unknown). SDV342420.

Visited 13/12/1978. 14 metres by 6 metres. A 15th/16th century doorway on north side is flanked by contemporary masonry. No documentary reference could be found to confirm the existence of a chapel at Upcott. It is unusually large, and could well be the remains of the medieval house with a window later reset.

Department of Environment, 1988, Sheepwash, 54 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV12608.

Outbuilding immediately to north-east of Upcott Barton.
Outbuilding possibly former chapel. Early C15 remodelled in C17. Cob and rubble walls. Gable-ended slate roof.
Plan: rectangular 1-room plan with no evidence of a fireplace. The roof structure ceiling beams and the 1st floor window date from the C17 suggesting that the building was remodelled then and possibly if it had been a chapel its function changed and it was made into 2 storeys.
Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical front with 4-centred hollow chamfered granite medieval doorway to right of centre. Above it is large inserted loading hatch. To the right of that is C17 3-light ovolo-moulded wooden mullion window. In left gable-end is original 2-light wooden mullion winodw with trefoiled heads - the dividing mullion has been removed.
Interior: C17 roof trusses with straight principals onto which the collars have been halved with notched lap-joints C17 chamfered ceiling beams (the ist floor has been removed).
This is an unusual survival of an early non-domestic building where the suggestion that it was a chapel seems likely.

Egeland, P., 1989, Note on Upcott Building (Worksheet). SDV338708.

Visited -/11/1989. This is a different building, west of Upcott Barton and not Upcott Avenel. Origin 18th century and Listed Grade II . Other details: Photos and Plans.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12608List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1988. Sheepwash. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 54.
SDV20993Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1958 - 1981. SS40NE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV335798Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 51NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV338708Worksheet: Egeland, P.. 1989. Note on Upcott Building. Worksheet.
SDV340436Monograph: Seymour, D. J.. 1977. Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands. Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands. Photocopy + Digital. 189.
SDV342420Unknown: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2020 11:46AM