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Lyscombe Chapel, Cheselbourne

Description: Lyscombe Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 January 1956
English Heritage Building ID: 106236

OS Grid Reference: ST7366701066
OS Grid Coordinates: 373667, 101066
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8085, -2.3751

Location: Cheselbourne, Dorset DT2 7RF

Locality: Cheselbourne
Local Authority: West Dorset District Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: DT2 7RF

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There is also a scheduled monument, Lyscombe Farm chapel, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text


1/48 Lyscombe Chapel



Detached chapel, (dedication unknown). C12 chancel, nave almost entirely
rebuilt in C15 and C16, probably became a dwelling in C17, now disused and
semi-derelict. Flint walls, with bonding-courses and dressings of rubble;
also some later brick dessings. The chapel is now covered entirely by a
corrugated iron roof supported on iron stanchions outside the walls. East
window, original single-light, slightly widened in C13 and a chamfered
trefoil head inserted. North wall, original narrow window with rebated
round head and splayed reveals, mutilated. South wall, original window
enlarged and fitted with C20 surround. Chancel arch, mid C12, two centred
and of 2 plain orders on west side with remains of a moulded label. On the
east side it is flat. The responds have half round shafts supporting the
inner order, and smaller shafts under the outer order. Capitals are
scalloped, and have moulded abaci continued as a string on the west; the
lower part of the north respond and most of the south respond have been
destroyed and the capitals have been badly defaced. Floor beams and a stone
stair were inserted in the chancel, late C16. Nave: (aisleless single
unit). South wall rebuilt C15; north wall rebuilt late C16. Part of the
chamfered east jamb of the south doorway survives near the ground; above it
is a window of uncertain date, now partly blocked and altered by insertion
of a second opening. West wall is late C16, gable contains a window with
chamfered jambs cut from a single stone; the opening is now square but
retains traces of two pointed lights and a central mullion. In the lower
storey, the west wall has 2 Cl8 openings. A floor with stop chamfered beams
was inserted in the nave as in the chancel, neither of these survive. Part
of small medieval downland group with obscure history. 3½ hides of land at
Lyscombe formed part of the original endowment of Milton Abbey. The chapel
is mentioned in 1311 together with the chapels of Woolland and Whitcombe.
It passed into lay hands when Henry VIII granted the Abbey's possessions to
Sir John Tregonwell in 1540. (RCHM Dorset III, p75(2) Plate 130 Scheduled
Ancient Monument (M 162) Cal Pat Rolls 1307-13, p 389)

Listing NGR: ST7366701066

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Source: English Heritage

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