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Description: Minsden Chapel at North East Corner of Minsden Plantation Grid Reference Tl 1982 2458
Date Listed: 27 May 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 162866
OS Grid Reference: TL1982024580
OS Grid Coordinates: 519820, 224580
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9069, -0.2596
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TL 12 SE LANGLEY WHITWELL ROAD
4/74 Minsden Chapel at
27.5.68 NE corner of Minsden
Plantation Grid Ref
TL 1982 2458
Ruined chapel. Probably C14, mentioned in 1450, a ruin by end of C17.
Flint rubble, plastered externally, with stone dressings. Remains of red
brick bellcote at W gable. A small 2-cells church with nave and narrow
square ended chancel. Diagonal buttresses at E end of chancel and W end
of nave, but set-back corner buttress to E end of nave suggest that the
church is of one build. 2 other buttresses to each side of nave. Line of
creasing of lower chancel roof on E end of nave. Central doorway and 2
holes for windows on S side of nave. N doorway in same bay but further
to W. Much of S wall of nave stands to full height and W wall with put
log holes at 3 levels. N wall more fragmentary. Rough opening for
chancel arch in E wall. Half-metre high walls of chancel with tall SE
angle pier. Line of beam sockets across E face of W wall of nave at
eaves height. Inscribed stone floor slab in chancel 'IN MEMORIAM/
REGINALD L HINE/HISTORIAN/OF HITCHIN/1883-1949/REQUIESCAT IN PACE'.
Hine's ashes were scattered here. The church was dedicated to
St. Nicholas and served the hamlets of Preston, Langley and Minsden
until church rates were levied in this area for St. Mary's Hitchin and
the church here fell into ruin. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Herts
No.14). (RCHM (1911)137-8: VCH (1912)18: Pevsner (1977)247-8).
Listing NGR: TL1982024580
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