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HER Number:MDV13859
Name:Chapel of St. Clear, Gawlish, Hartland


The chapel of St. Clear at Gawlish was possibly one of the chapels granted to Hartland Abbey in 1189. There is no evidence of a chapel at Gawlish today and it is suggested that it was a cliff-top site and may have been lost through coastal erosion.


Grid Reference:SS 25 27
Map Sheet:SS22NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22NE/6
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS22NE5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Cresswell, B. F., Devon Chapels (Un-published). SDV17018.

According to Cresswell, in the 18th century, Dean Milles recorded a former Chapel of St. Clear at Gawlish.

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica, 259 (Monograph). SDV323771.

Oliver, G., 1846, Monasticon Diocesis Exoniensis (Monograph). SDV57424.

The chapel is not listed by Oliver.

Chope, R. P., 1926 - 1936, Address of the President. Hartland Abbey, 72 (Article in Serial). SDV7400.

Existence doubtful.

Pearse Chope, R., 1940, Book of Hartland, 81 (Monograph). SDV341335.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978 - 1981, SS22NE5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341995.

1. Chapel at Gawlish, one of eleven anciently in the parish.
2. Site visit 27th November 1978. The site of the alleged chapel may have been in the vicinity of Gawlish Farm but nothing is known of it and the Tithe Award has no significant name.

National Trust, 1984, Clovelly and East Titchberry (Report - Survey). SDV337536.

No evidence has been found of this site and none of the ancient field names suggest the presence of a chapel. However, the chapel was a cliff-edge site and may have been through erosion.

Pearce, S. M., 1985, The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part), 268 (Article in Serial). SDV336495.

The chapel at Gawlish is presumed to be one of those 'other chapels' granted to Hartland Abbey by royal charter in 1189. Other details: Photocopy in parish file.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 603 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

C18 reference to a chapel of St Clear at Gawlish. Chapel not listed by Oliver, and considered doubtful by Pearse Chope. Chapel was cliff edge site, possibly, lost to erosion. No evidence on ground or early field names.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17018Un-published: Cresswell, B. F.. Devon Chapels. Devon Chapels. Manuscript.
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown. 259.
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. 268.
SDV337536Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Clovelly and East Titchberry. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 603.
SDV341335Monograph: Pearse Chope, R.. 1940. Book of Hartland. Book of Hartland. Unknown. 81.
SDV341995Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978 - 1981. SS22NE5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV57424Monograph: Oliver, G.. 1846. Monasticon Diocesis Exoniensis. Monasticon Diocesis Exoniensis. Unknown.
SDV7400Article in Serial: Chope, R. P.. 1926 - 1936. Address of the President. Hartland Abbey. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 58. A5 Hardback. 72.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 3:28PM