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HER Number:MDV45774
Name:Zion Hill Chapel, Harberton


Nonconformist chapel built circa 1799 with its own burial ground.


Grid Reference:SX 784 559
Map Sheet:SX75NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHarberton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARBERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX75NE/53

Monument Type(s) and Dates


Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Building marked as Baptist Chapel (Particular). Stands within a triangular plot of land, marked as a Burial Ground.
Particular Baptists are a Calvinistic Baptist denomination who believe in predestination.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 470 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Zion chapel. Just outside village. Baptist church built in 1795. Rubble build. Has its own burial ground.

Crowe, A. + Miller, K., 2023, Harberton's Wesleyan Chapel (Un-published). SDV365292.

There was a Nonconformist (Calvinist Baptist) congregation in Harbertonford by 1795.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Marked as a Gospel Hall.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1216210 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

Zion Chapel. Nonconformist chapel. Circa 1799. Slate rubble and local metamorphic stone rubble. Situated in a small burial ground.
External stone rubble steps with slate treads to gallery doorway.
Interior is simply plastered with flat ceiling and matchboarded dado. Gallery at the south end on pair of thin columns.
The C19 portable benches are of pleasingly simple design. The earliest monument in the burial ground appears to be a tomb chest to Thomas Goodman 1833, the pastor. The chapel was built in 1799 for a Baptist Congregation but now serves a Brethren assembly. It is a good and largely complete example of a small Georgian nonconformist chapel with an unusual external gallery stairs.
See listing description for full details.
Date first listed: 26th April 1993.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 470.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1216210.
SDV365292Un-published: Crowe, A. + Miller, K.. 2023. Harberton's Wesleyan Chapel. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 6 2023 12:03PM