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HER Number:MDV364
Name:Chapel, Umberleigh Barton, Atherington

Summary

Remains of medieval chapel at Umberleigh Barton.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 593 246
Map Sheet:SS52SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAtherington
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS52SE/3
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS52SE15
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS52SE3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS52SE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV336858.


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


Reichel, O. J., 1898, The Domesday Churches of Devon, 311 (Article in Serial). SDV863.

The convent of the Holy Trinity at Caen owned property here at the time of Domesday and it is suggested they had an oratory here at that time.


Reichel, O. J., 1900-1901, Foreign Churches and their Properties in Devon, 252-254 (Article in Serial). SDV6502.


Cresswell, B. F., 1927, Devonshire Churches: The Buildings and Builders, 156 (Article in Serial). SDV124362.


Cresswell, B. F., 1938, Umberleigh Chapel, 433-439 (Article in Serial). SDV336854.

Umberleigh chapel. The ancient chapel of the Holy Trinity, now demolished, is said to have been built by King Athelstan. Rebuilt by Lady Joan Champernoun in the 13th century. Histories of the families who owned the chapel given. Three tombs with recumbent effigies commemorated former possessors of Umberleigh. One of these was a crossed-legged figure with the chain armour and flat helmet of the 13th century-probably Sir Ralph Wyllington, husband of Joan Champernoun. The two other figures rest side by side; the knight's armour is richly decorated and across his breast he bears the saltire vaire of the Champernouns. The style of the armour and of the lady's dress is of the 14th century-probably Sir Henry de Wyllington who died before 1437 and Dame Isabella the last Wyllington's of importance to hold the manor of Umberleigh. Dean milles, in his Parochial Collections, gives a detailed account of the chapel as it was in the 18th century, and the house was then also standing. He described it as 22 paces long and 8 broad, lighted with lancet windows, the roof vaulted but not ceiled. The chapel was dismantled in 1800. The tombs were taken to the parish church. The manor house was also demolished.


Copeland, G. W., 1950 - 1951, Fragments from Umberleigh Chapel, 124-125 (Article in Serial). SDV336857.


Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: North Devon, 44, 157 (Monograph). SDV336196.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SS52SE3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV336855.

Doorway and windows are visible only in interior of the wall of a lean-to shed. Traceable wall of chapel extends in the east-west direction.


Department of Environment, 1959, Barnstaple RD, 4 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV336856.

Parts of the Chapel may be seen in the lambing sheds to the rear of the house. These consist of 13th century walling, doorway and parts of several lancet windows.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124362Article in Serial: Cresswell, B. F.. 1927. Devonshire Churches: The Buildings and Builders. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 33. Unknown. 156.
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown.
SDV336196Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: North Devon. The Buildings of England: North Devon. Paperback Volume. 44, 157.
SDV336854Article in Serial: Cresswell, B. F.. 1938. Umberleigh Chapel. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 433-439.
SDV336855Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SS52SE3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV336856List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1959. Barnstaple RD. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 4.
SDV336857Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1950 - 1951. Fragments from Umberleigh Chapel. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 24. Unknown. 124-125.
SDV336858Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS52SE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV6502Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1900-1901. Foreign Churches and their Properties in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 1.1. Unknown. 252-254.
SDV863Article in Serial: Reichel, O. J.. 1898. The Domesday Churches of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 30. A5 Paperback. 311.

Associated Monuments

MDV12461Related to: Umberleigh House, Atherington (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4104 - Site Visit

Date Last Edited:Jan 18 2007 11:56AM