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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: 1338613



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


District: County Durham

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Barforth

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1967

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 111594

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4/5 Ruins of St. 12.1.67 Lawrence's Chapel


Chapel of the deserted medieval village of Barforth. C12, enlarged and remodelled in C13; nave converted into priest's house in early C16. Rubble, coursed in parts, with ashlar dressings. Rectangular plan.

South elevation in two sections: left part C12. Remains of original round- arched door to left of C13 doorway with arch of 2 orders, the outer hollow- chamfered on jamb shafts whose moulded caps and bases survive; doorway now blocked with a C16 or later 2-light window (also blocked) inserted. To right remains of narrow C12 loop and C16 square chamfered window. Right part of wall, with chamfered plinth, C13: blocked trefoil-headed priest's door and 4 lancet windows. East end has stepped clasping buttresses and small central buttress under 3 stepped lancets with linked hoodmould. North elevation shows from east to west: lancet, round-arched low-side window, chamfered doorway, buttress with chamfered angles and square C16 window; west part of wall largely fallen. West end has 3 stepped buttresses, the shorter central one below a tall lancet subdivided to serve floors of C16 priest's house.

Interior: eastern lancets have sills set low to carry reredos; rebated trefoil-headed aumbry on north. Lower part of C16 cross wall shows jambs of doorway, remains of fireplace, and squint from house to chapel.

Historical note: The chapel may have served a hospital or small collegiate establishment. The priest's house was a farmhouse until the C18; its north wall fell in the mid C19, and the cross wall in the 1960's.

Listing NGR: NZ1640516166

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National Grid Reference: NZ 16405 16166


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