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Biddlestone Roman Catholic Chapel, Biddlestone

Description: Biddlestone Roman Catholic Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 31 July 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 236111

OS Grid Reference: NT9553208312
OS Grid Coordinates: 395532, 608312
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3688, -2.0720

Location: Biddlestone, Northumberland NE65 7DY

Locality: Biddlestone
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 7DY

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There is also a scheduled monument, Tower House and World War II Air Raid Shelter, 360m East of Biddlestone Home Farm, 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.

Listing Text

NT 90 NE
15/25 Biddlestone Roman
31/7/86 Catholic Chapel
(formerly Listed as
Roman Catholic Chapel)


R.C. chapel, formerly private chapel to demolished Biddlestone Hall. Basement
C13, chapel early C19, possibly 1820 by John Dobson, for Waiter Selby. Random
rubble, ashlar and graduated Lakeland slate roof.

The basement is the tunnel-vaulted ground floor of a C13 tower. Massive masonry
and walls 6 ft. thick. Inner doorway at east end has pointed arch with
continuous chamfered surround. Continuous offset above ground floor.

Medieval masonry continues higher on north and west sides, indeed to eaves level
on north side. Otherwise the chapel is ashlar. 3 bays. Pointed-arched south
windows with cusped Y-tracery and dripstones. Similar 3-light east window.

Gabled roof with flat coping, kneelers and foliated-cross finial on east gable.

West end is irregular and patched where chapel adjoined house. Doorway to 1st
floor is reached by later closed-in external stair. Parts of 2 C16 or C17
blocked mullioned windows with moulded frames.

In an isolated and extremely picturesque situation.

Northumberland County History Vol. XIV.

Biographical Dictionary of British Architects: Howard Colvin.

Listing NGR: NT9553208312

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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