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HER Number:MDV7126
Name:St. Heligan's Chapel, Hartland


Site of St. Heligan's Chapel.


Grid Reference:SS 222 199
Map Sheet:SS21NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS21NW/506
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS21NW6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL (XII to XV - 1101 AD to 1500 AD)

Full description

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

'St. Heligan's Chapel (Site of)' marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map, to north of 'King's Cottage'.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 26NE & 27NW (Cartographic). SDV335711.

Site marked on 1906 6 inch map.

Chanter, J. F., 1910, Christianity in Devon before AD 909, 491 (Article in Serial). SDV870.

Royal Air Force, 1946, 3G/TUD/UK/158 Part II, 5191,5192 (Aerial Photograph). SDV338557.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, SS21NW (Cartographic). SDV343319.

Marked on 1964 map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977 - 1979, SS21NW6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341740.

1. Site of St. Heligan's Chapel at South Hole, one of eleven anciently in the parish.
2. No indication of foundations on aerial photographs.
3. Site visit 26/10/1977. There is a grass covered east to west terrace at this location, partly rock cut, which breaks the natural steep slope of the hillside. It is reached by a narrow terraced pathway from the west. Its level surface would be suitable as a building platform for a small chapel. There are no visible remains of foundations or stones in the vicinity.

Pearce, S. M., 1985, The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part), 267-269 (Article in Serial). SDV336495.

A charter in 1189 granted chapels at Harton, Cheristow and Welcombe to Hartland Abbey together with all the other chapels built in the parish. This probably included St. Heligan's Chapel which appears in a list of chapels licensed by Bishop Stafford in 1400.

Griffith, F., 1988, Devon's Past. An Aerial View, 78 (Monograph). SDV64198.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 602 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Site of st Heligan's chapel at S. Hole. Site poss at terrace recorded 1977, 28m x 8.5 to 3.5m; breaks natural steep slope. Reached by terraced path from W. No evidence for remains. On TM site linked to 'Great Chapel' field (TA 1908).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV335711Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 26NE & 27NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #46513 ]
SDV336495Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1985. The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part). Archaeological Journal. 142. A4 Stapled + Digital. 267-269.
SDV338557Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. 3G/TUD/UK/158 Part II. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5191,5192.
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. 602.
SDV341740Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977 - 1979. SS21NW6. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV343319Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SS21NW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV64198Monograph: Griffith, F.. 1988. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Paperback Volume. 78.
SDV870Article in Serial: Chanter, J. F.. 1910. Christianity in Devon before AD 909. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 42. A5 Hardback. 491.

Associated Monuments

MDV41896Related to: Early Christian Graveyard at South Hole, Hartland (Monument)
MDV76Related to: Hartland Abbey (Monument)
MDV132710Related to: Nine-Men's Morris Stone from South Hole, Hartland (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 8 2022 5:11PM