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HER Number:MDV6958
Name:Chapel of St Mary, South Zeal


Chapel of St. Mary, South Zeal, located in the middle of village street. Dated 1713 but probably 15th or 16th century origins. Chapel was in use as a school-house from 1773 for over 100 years until 1877 when it restored as a chapel of ease to South Tawton. Three thatched cottages next to the chapel may have been a pre-reformation chantry-house. Demolished 1877 when the chapel was restored.


Grid Reference:SX 650 935
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 615340
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/17
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (XIV to XVI - 1400 AD to 1599 AD (Between))
  • SCHOOL HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1773 AD to 1880 AD? (Between))
  • CHAPEL OF EASE (XIX to XX - 1887 AD to 1905 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270337.

Lega-weekes, e. /tda/39(1907)302-3 pl. /the churchwarden's accounts of south tawton, part 2.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270338.

Young, w. T. /tda/91(1959)17/proceedings at the 97th annual meeting.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270339.

Tyler, f. C. /dcnq/19(1936-1937)80-81/granite stones at south zeal and south tawton.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270340.

South tawton parish council/south tawton,heritage trail/(1984)/in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270341.

Doe/hhr:south tawton/(4/3/1988)170.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270342.

Griffith, f. /devon's past: an aerial view/(1988)83.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV326288.

Chapel of st. Mary, south zeal. Vis=est -/-/1906 (lega-weekes) in middle of village street. Restored as a chapel of ease in 1877. Interior devoid of traces of antiquity, but weathered moorstone exterior with its round arch doorway, its mullioned east window with arched lights, and its pinnacled, open, double bell-cote appears older than suggested date of 1713. Three thatched cottages next to the chapel may have been a pre-reformation chantry-house. Demolished 1877 when the chapel was restored. Chapel was in use as a school-house in 1773 (lega-weekes). Vis=estimated -/-/1958 (young) it is believed to have been built in the 17th century (young). Vis=in the wall of south zeal church are built in rough granite boulders, not the local stone. The author suggests that they have some kind of sacred significance (tyler). Vis=the granite chapel was rebuilt in 1713 on the foundation of an earlier weaver's guild chapel. The building was used as a school from 1773 for over 100 years until restored by wm. Lethbridge in 1877 when it became a chapel of ease to south tawton (south tawton parish council). Vis=chapel of ease. Dated 1713 but probably c15 or c16 origins, thoroughly renovated in 1877. Coursed blocks of granite ashlar on granite boulder footings, granite ashlar detail; slate roof. Vis=plan: small chapel built on a north-west south-east axis. Simple unaisled structure, rectangular in plan with a bellcote over the north-west gable. Vis=interior is wholly the result of the c19 refurbishment; arch-braced truss roof and plain pine fittings and furniture. A narrow plot of ground at the north-west end is enclosed by c19 low rubble walls with rusticated granite coping with iron railings and twisted standards set into the top. Gateway has granite ashlar posts (doe).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV270337Migrated Record:
SDV270338Migrated Record:
SDV270339Migrated Record:
SDV270340Migrated Record:
SDV270341Migrated Record:
SDV270342Migrated Record:
SDV326288Report - Survey: Department of Environment.

Associated Monuments

MDV6957Related to: Cross near church, South Zeal (Monument)
MDV18724Related to: Crossways, South Zeal (Building)
MDV94282Related to: K6 Telephone Kiosk, South Zeal (Building)
MDV6959Related to: St Mary's Chapel Cemetery, South Zeal (Monument)
MDV33686Related to: The Stores, South Zeal (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 19 2017 12:37PM