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HER Number:MDV53861
Name:Chapel at Penrose Almshouses, Barnstaple


Chapel with bellcote on gable. Part of the almshouses founded by John Penrose and completed in 1627.


Grid Reference:SS 560 328
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/133/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 485677

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (XVII - 1627 AD to 1627 AD (Between))

Full description

Savage, D., 1995, The Penrose Almshouses (Un-published). SDV344463.

Penrose Almshouse chapel has a decorated plaster ceiling rose consisting of a 1.5 metres diameter heavily patterned section with pendant. The detail is very similar to other North Devon ceilings of this period, in particular Rashleigh Barton, Wembworthy. Probably the work of one of the Abbott family, who were responsible for much of the best plasterwork in the area at about this time.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

[Part of] Penrose Almhouses, Litchdon Street. Almshouses, originally 20 dwellings, each for 2 inmates of the same sex. Completed 1627, 3 years after the death of the founder, John Penrose. The street frontage has a two-storey porch in the centre, with open returns, flanked by lean-to roofs supported on 9-bay colonnades on low walls and, to left and right, projecting gabled wings containing a single storey boardroom to the left and a chapel to the right. Chapel gable has a bellcote. Oak door frames and doors lead into the chapel with a wicket door into the chapel. See listing description for full details of almshouses. Date listed: 19th January 1951.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344463Un-published: Savage, D.. 1995. The Penrose Almshouses. University of Plymouth Module. ARCC Mo2. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website. [Mapped feature: #94698 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4515Part of: Penrose Almshouses, Litchdon Street, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5565 - Survey of Penrose Almshouses, Barnstaple

Date Last Edited:Nov 29 2012 12:13PM