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HER Number:MDV19157
Name:Chapel at Bowringsleigh House, West Alvington


Chapel now incorporated in the tower. It has 15th century south and east windows and a curious sedilia and piscina. The rood screencame from St Andrew's Church at South Huish.


Grid Reference:SX 717 444
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWest Alvington
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST ALVINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/12/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV175572.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)319.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV175573.

Pevsner, n. /south devon/(1952)58.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV175574.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV175577.

Oldham, d. W. /tda/38(1906)401/the private chapels of devon: ancient and modern.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

Chapel at bowringsleigh. Now incorporated in tower. The chapel in the tower has 15th century s & e windows and a curious sedilia and piscina. Contains the rood screen from south huish church. See sx64se/14.(pevsner).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=1/1/1953 (os). The tower is modern, but contains the remains of the early chapel. A painting of circa 1695 shows the chapel formerly to have been a building with a roof line at the same level as the rest of the house. Ground floor of the 19th cent. Tower contains the chapel which may date back to the bowring days.(hoskins). A private chapel at bowringsleigh is noted as being still wholly or partially in use in 1906.(oldham). Screen described in bond.

Keyser, C. E., 1898, On the Panel Paintings of Saints on the Devonshire Screens, 183-222 (Article in Serial). SDV134840.

Bligh Bond, F., 1903, Devonshire Screens and Rood Lofts. Part II, 465 (Article in Serial). SDV6113.

The fine perpendicular screen retaining ancient enrichments and painted panel now in the private chapel of Bowringsleigh House was formerleigh in St Andrew's Church, South Huish. The part now seen comprises ten bays, five surmounting others. Groining placed with carved spandrels of foliage pattern, cornices and crestings retained.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV134840Article in Serial: Keyser, C. E.. 1898. On the Panel Paintings of Saints on the Devonshire Screens. Archaeologia. 56. Unknown. 183-222.
SDV175572Migrated Record:
SDV175573Migrated Record:
SDV175574Migrated Record:
SDV175577Migrated Record:
SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV6113Article in Serial: Bligh Bond, F.. 1903. Devonshire Screens and Rood Lofts. Part II. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 35. Digital. 465.

Associated Monuments

MDV7238Part of: Bowringsleigh (Building)
MDV2814Related to: St Andrew's Church, South Huish (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2021 12:52PM