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HER Number:MDV19563
Name:Compton Castle Medieval Chapel


Medieval chapel in the northwest corner of Compton Castle


Grid Reference:SX 865 648
Map Sheet:SX86SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMarldon
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMARLDON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SE/5/4
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 100611
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX86SE2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (XIV to XV - 1301 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Parker, J., 1859, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV275385.

Chapel in west range at Compton Castle. In tolerably perfect condition with plain vault which seems to have been plastered and painted, with a room over it, apparently a priests room. The chapel originally had a floor in the west part dividing it into two rooms. Two squints.

Hills, G. M., 1863, Compton Castle, Devonshire, 1-12 (Article in Serial). SDV340952.

Chapel in good condition rising through 2 storeys.

Thompson, A. H., 1913, Church Architecture in Devon, 482,491 (Article in Serial). SDV15387.

Department of Environment, 1913 - 2002, Compton Castle (Schedule Document). SDV340953.

Chapel in the northeast of Compton castle still roofed and in fairly good repair, but is much overgrown with ivy. It has 2 fine four-light windows. The chapel stands nearly north to south and has a doorway of circa 1340, windows of 1450-75 and a piscina.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: South Devon, 90 (Monograph). SDV336217.

The chapel originally projected 'L' fashion from the main block. In the 15th century it occupied a room on the west side of the great hall north of the withdrawing room. Tunnel vault and 4 light Perpendicular window above the altar. Circa 1420.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX86SE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV340968.

Department of Environment, 1956, Totnes Rural District, 26 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV177635.

Chapel virtually intact.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2007, Marldon (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV340962.

Compton Castle Chapel has Perpendicular four-light windows and a pointed turned vaulted roof with a
priest's room above. Other details: LBS No 100611.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV15387Article in Serial: Thompson, A. H.. 1913. Church Architecture in Devon. Archaeological Journal. 70. Unknown. 482,491.
SDV177635List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1956. Totnes Rural District. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 26.
SDV275385Monograph: Parker, J.. 1859. Some Account of Domestic Architecture in England. Unknown.
SDV336217Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: South Devon. The Buildings of England: South Devon. Paperback Volume. 90.
SDV340952Article in Serial: Hills, G. M.. 1863. Compton Castle, Devonshire. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 19. Unknown. 1-12.
SDV340953Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1913 - 2002. Compton Castle. The Schedule of Monuments. Letter.
SDV340962List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2007. Marldon. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV340968Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX86SE2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV8877Part of: Compton Castle, Marldon (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 23 2008 12:41PM