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HER Number:MDV28600
Name:Building known as Babeny Chapel


Probable location of Babeny Chapel, a medieval or earlier chapel that served Cator and Sherril hamlets. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 676 750
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Deserted Medieval settlement and site of building known as Babeny Chapel

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442503
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/259
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (Built, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, SX67NE55 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV285876.

1843, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV285880.

Lady Mead field No 2248.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 63 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

(Site visited 15/05/1979) In Lady Mead or Lady Meadow Field, concealed by trees is the ruin of a building, referred to locally as the ruin of a chapel, whose foundations are sufficiently rough and massive to suggest an early and perhaps medieval date. The ruin is rectangular, with the walls more or less intact, between knee-and chest-high measuring 3 1 or 32 paces by 10 paces internally. The entrance is to the south-east.
Lady Mead field is L-shaped, with a spinney. There are ruins here, possibly of a chapel, consisting of rectangular foundations at the back of Rogue's Roost cottage, referred to as the remains of a chapel by the local inhabitants. The remains measure 10.2 meters by 3.9 meters by 1.5 meters. At the west end are very rough foundation stones. Some stones taken to build a linhay recently by local farmer.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not recorded by RCHME Aerial Photograph Project.

French, C., 1987, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV346479.

Documentary evidence that Cator and Sherril Hamlets had their own chapel in earlier times. Other details: Author's initial not confirmed.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Area of probable foundations visible on aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV285876Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. SX67NE55.
SDV285880Cartographic: 1843. Tithe Map.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 63.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86129 ]
SDV346479Personal Comment: French, C.. 1987. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV30098Related to: Possible deserted site near Rogues Roost Cottage (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1249 - An Archaeological Survey of Widecombe-in-the-Moor

Date Last Edited:Nov 26 2018 12:35PM