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Description: St Aldhelm's Chapel
Date Listed: 20 November 1959
English Heritage Building ID: 109121
OS Grid Reference: SY9607175559
OS Grid Coordinates: 396071, 75559
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5798, -2.0568
There is also a scheduled monument, Early Christian Enclosure on St Aldhelm's Head, 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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SY 97NE WORTH MATRAVERS SAINT ALDHELM'S HEAD
4/111 Saint Aldhelm's Chapel
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
Listing NGR: SY9607175558
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Source: English Heritage
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