Ayshford Chapel, Burlescombe
Description: Ayshford Chapel
Date Listed: 5 April 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 95867
OS Grid Reference: ST0483015211
OS Grid Coordinates: 304830, 115211
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9285, -3.3555
Location: Brimstone Lane, Burlescombe, Devon EX16 7HL
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4/15 Ayshford Chapel
Private chapel of the Ayshford/Ashford family. C15, renovated in the mid or late
C19. Local chert stone rubble laid to rough courses, Beerstone detail; slate rof.
Plan: rectangular aisleless block with diagonal corner buttresses containing a nave
and chancel under a continuous roof and with a bellcote at the west end. It is
pretty large for a private chapel in Devon.
Exterior: the windows are restored to a greater or lesser extent. All have
Perpendicular tracery and plain hoodmoulds; three 2-light windows each side and a
3-light window each end. There are 2 doorways, one in the west end and the other
west of centre on the south side. Both are 2-centred arches with moulded surrounds
including caps to the shafts and they have C19 hoodmoulds. Both contain heavy
studded oak doors with massive strap hinges. Along the wall plates are the original
moulded oak wall plates. Each gable end has shaped kneelers and coping. The east
gable is surmounted by a small apex cross and the west gable is surmounted by a
small open-sided gabled bellcote.
Interior: the roof is C15, a continuous wagon roof (now open) with moulded purlins,
ribs and wall plate and has oak bosses carved with 4-leaf motifs. C15 carved oak
chancel screen; the panelled wainscotting has applied blind arcading, the windows
are square-headed and contain slender Perpendicular tracery and the headbeam is
carved but relatively plain. The screen was painted in the C19. The furniture is
all C19. The floor is made up of C19 red and black tiles and the sanctuary
includes the gravestone of one Sir Henry Ashford but the date of his death has worn
2 good monuments: both are C17. In the sanctuary there is a black marble chest
tomb in-memory of Henry Ashford (died 1666). The inscription is on the plain flat
lid which also includes the family coat of arms. The sides have an inscribed arcade
which includes an inscribed text. The second is the marble mural monument on the
north wall in memory of John Ashford (died 1689). It comprises a rectangular plaque
flanked by Corinthian columns which carry a moulded entablature surmounted by the
Ashford arms flanked by carved flaming urns. The columns sit on a shelf supported
on consoles carved as cherubs heads. The apron is carved with swags, cherubs and
the Ashford arms. There are more Ashford memorials in the Ashford Chapel in the
Church of St Mary, Burlescombe (q.v.).
This chapel forms part of a very attractive group of buildings associated with
Ayshford Court (q.v.).
Listing NGR: ST0483315207
Source: English Heritage
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