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Ruins of St Lawrence's Chapel, Barforth

Description: Ruins of St Lawrence's Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 111594

OS Grid Reference: NZ1640516166
OS Grid Coordinates: 416405, 516166
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5405, -1.7479

Location: Barforth, Durham DL2 3RT

Locality: Barforth
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL2 3RT

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Listing Text


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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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