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St Aldhelm's Chapel

A Grade I Listed Building in Worth Matravers, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.5798 / 50°34'47"N

Longitude: -2.0568 / 2°3'24"W

OS Eastings: 396071

OS Northings: 75559

OS Grid: SY960755

Mapcode National: GBR 347.GT3

Mapcode Global: FRA 67LJ.LHX

Entry Name: St Aldhelm's Chapel

Listing Date: 20 November 1959

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120256

English Heritage Legacy ID: 109121

Location: Worth Matravers, Purbeck, Dorset, BH19

County: Dorset

District: Purbeck

Civil Parish: Worth Matravers

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Worth Matravers St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text


4/111 Saint Aldhelm's Chapel
- I

Anglican chapel-of-ease. C12. Rubble stone walls, pyramidal stone slate roof
surmounted by a C20 stone cross on a circular base. Moulded corbel table on
north-east wall. Large added buttresses on north-west, north-east and south-
east walls, and at north angle. Original shallow buttress at south angle.
Square plan. Small lancet window at east end of south-east wall. Moulded
string course on this wall. Entrance in north west wall has a round-headed
doorway of 2 simple orders with hoodmould. Internally a central composite
pier supports a quadrupartite vault, with simple chamfered ribs and shallow
wall shafts. Unplastered walls. Stone flagged floor. This has been raised,
but is still below ground level. C19 stone font. Note. Although always
described as a chapel and, according to Hutchins, served by a royal chaplain
in the C13, this building has no specifically ecclesiastical features. The plan
form, orientation, and small amount of natural lighting are unusual for a
church. It has rather the appearance of a vaulted undercroft - possibly for a
projected but uncompleted tower structure. It stands on a platform in the
centre of an earthwork enclosure. RCHM Monument 2 (Dorset, Vol II). Scheduled
Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: SY9607175558

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