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HER Number:MDV32101
Name:The Pope's Chamber, St. Nectan's Church, Hartland

Summary

The Pope's chamber is in the north aisle. The chamber was occupied in pre-reformation times by the priest or sexton, who slept there and took charge of the church and its treasures.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 235 247
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SW/3/10
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Lewis, F. K., 1969, The Guide to Hartland's Church, 3 (Leaflet). SDV320754.

The Pope's chamber is in the north aisle. The chamber was occupied in pre-reformation times by the priest or sexton, who slept there and took charge of the church and its treasures. It houses the preserved panels of an old Jacobean pulpit, the parish stocks, the barrel mechanism of the former organ, the original allotment of seats in the church in 1613, a church brief for the ransom of Christian prisoners from the Turks in 1670, pieces of medieval tiles and leaded glass recovered from the summit of St. Catherine's Tor where a chapel to St. Catherine was probably dedicated and other objects of interest. The pulpit was purchased in 1609 and has the inscription 'God save King James'.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 135 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.


Hobbs, S., 2007, Various Sites around Hartland (Correspondence). SDV351130.

In this piece there is the reference to the seating plan of 1612/13 as mentioned above. It is also worth noting that the illustration that adjoined the Dean Milles survey of Devon shows that this chamber was approached from as staircase situated in the north porch.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV320754Leaflet: Lewis, F. K.. 1969. The Guide to Hartland's Church. A5 Unbound. 3. [Mapped feature: #87388 ]
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. 135.
SDV351130Correspondence: Hobbs, S.. 2007. Various Sites around Hartland. Letter to Historic Environment Record. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV1534Part of: St. Nectan's Church, Hartland (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 23 2015 8:38AM