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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1120256



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

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Worth Matravers

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 20-Nov-1959

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 109121

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4/111 Saint Aldhelm's Chapel 20-11-59 - I

Anglican chapel-of-ease. C12. Rubble stone walls, pyramidal stone slate roof surmounted by a C20 stone cross on a circular base. Moulded corbel table on north-east wall. Large added buttresses on north-west, north-east and south- east walls, and at north angle. Original shallow buttress at south angle. Square plan. Small lancet window at east end of south-east wall. Moulded string course on this wall. Entrance in north west wall has a round-headed doorway of 2 simple orders with hoodmould. Internally a central composite pier supports a quadrupartite vault, with simple chamfered ribs and shallow wall shafts. Unplastered walls. Stone flagged floor. This has been raised, but is still below ground level. C19 stone font. Note. Although always described as a chapel and, according to Hutchins, served by a royal chaplain in the C13, this building has no specifically ecclesiastical features. The plan form, orientation, and small amount of natural lighting are unusual for a church. It has rather the appearance of a vaulted undercroft - possibly for a projected but uncompleted tower structure. It stands on a platform in the centre of an earthwork enclosure. RCHM Monument 2 (Dorset, Vol II). Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SY9607175558

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Inventory of Dorset, (1970)

National Grid Reference: SY 96071 75559


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