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Latitude: 54.5405 / 54°32'25"N
Longitude: -1.7479 / 1°44'52"W
OS Eastings: 416405
OS Northings: 516166
OS Grid: NZ164161
Mapcode National: GBR JH7Y.C4
Mapcode Global: WHC5T.34XJ
Entry Name: Ruins of St Lawrence's Chapel
Listing Date: 12 January 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1338613
English Heritage Legacy ID: 111594
Location: Barforth, County Durham, DL11
County: County Durham
Civil Parish: Barforth
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham
Church of England Parish: Forcett with Aldborough and Melsonby
Church of England Diocese: Leeds
NZ 11 NE BARFORTH BARFORTH
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
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