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Medieval hall and St Mary Magdalene's Chapel at Trecarrell

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Medieval hall and St Mary Magdalene's Chapel at Trecarrell

List entry Number: 1004383


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The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Lezant

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 12-Jun-1959

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CO 577

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

The medieval hall and chapel of Trecarrell Manor are rare, complete and important examples of their types in Cornwall. They form part of a complex of manorial buildings relating to the site's domestic, agricultural and ecclesiastical use and belonged to and were built by an important local man. Pevsner described the hall as "one of the most spectacular domestic buildings of the Middle Ages in Cornwall" and the chapel is also one of the best preserved in the county retaining many of its original features.


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The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, includes a medieval hall and chapel situated in the grounds of Trecarrell Manor. The hall survives as a rectangular roofed building of 16th century date with its original arch-braced timbers. The hall has four traceried mullioned, granite-framed windows to the south and two similar windows to the north. The elaborately moulded granite-framed doorway has the coats of arms of Henry Trecarrel and his wife's family (Kelway) carved on the tympanum. It was intended that the south western end would be extended as there is a blocked Tudor fireplace on the outer face of the wall and granite facing blocks still project at the southern corner. This work was abandoned by Henry Trecarrel following the death of his heir in 1511, when he diverted his attention instead to building churches. Henry Trecarrel was mayor of Launceston in 1536 and 1543 and died in 1544.

The chapel survives as a small rectangular building with a restored slate roof but original interior wagon roof and carved roof plate, three traceried windows and a door. It contains many internal features of note including two piscinae, traces of a gallery and springing for a spiral staircase and a garderobe and fireplace at first floor level. Excavations in the chapel in the 1980's produced evidence of the wooden posts used to support the gallery and also for earlier buildings on the site both agricultural and ecclesiastical. Although mainly of 16th century date the chapel incorporates the remains of an earlier medieval chapel. Documents dating to 1383 record a chapel here.

The hall and chapel are both Listed Grade 1 (393656) and (393657).

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-436783 and 436786

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National Grid Reference: SX 31778 78258, SX3174578272


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