Site of chapel at Manor Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1002629

Date first listed: 22-Oct-1971


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Stoke Fleming

National Grid Reference: SX 86139 48436


Chapel at Manor Court, Stoke Fleming.

Reasons for Designation

A medieval chapel is a building, usually rectangular, containing a range of furnishings and fittings appropriate for Christian worship in the pre- Reformation period. Chapels were designed for congregational worship and were generally divided into two main parts: the nave, which provided accommodation for the laity, and the chancel, which was the main domain of the priest and contained the principal altar. Around 4000 parochial chapels were built between the 12th and 17th centuries as subsidiary places of worship built for the convenience of parishioners who lived at a distance from the main parish church. Other chapels were built as private places of worship by manorial lords and lie near or within manor houses, castles or other high-status residences. The chapel was once a clearly fine Norman building with decorated columns and arches and belonged to an important manor.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 13 November 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a chapel situated within the farmyard at Manor Farm, and incorporated into two buildings on the eastern side of the yard. The chapel survives as fragmentary parts of masonry including a round pillar with a square capital made of sandstone which once formed part of the aisle of the chapel and various blocks used to form arches. The chapel was converted into a dwelling and had effectively disappeared by about 1750 when Dean Jeremiah Miles, Precentor of Exeter Cathedral ‘could not produce ye building’. The masonry fragments have been variously attributed as to belonging either to the chapel or the 12th century manor house held by Richard the Fleming. The single column approximately 1m high is now built into a wall.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: DV 903

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:-445849

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