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Wolford Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Dunkeswell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8402 / 50°50'24"N

Longitude: -3.2268 / 3°13'36"W

OS Eastings: 313715

OS Northings: 105240

OS Grid: ST137052

Mapcode National: GBR LW.W6BX

Mapcode Global: FRA 464W.6Q6

Entry Name: Wolford Chapel

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1146636

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86591

Location: Dunkeswell, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Dunkeswell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Dunkeswell St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text

ST 10 NW
5/36 Wolford Chapel
- II
Chapel belonging to Canada. 1800, built by Leiutenant General John Graves Simcoe,
restored circa 1966. Local stone rubble with limestone ashlar detail; slate roof.
Plan: small chapel is rectangular in plan with the entrance in the west end.
Exterior: both long sides (north and south) have 2-window fronts of square-headed
single light windows containing Decorated tracery. In the west end the doorway is a
2-centred arch with hoodmould and directly above is a quatrefoil oculus. There is a
chamfered plinth around the building and below it, on the east, west and south
sides, are a series of arch-headed niches, most of which contain slate plaques in
memory of various members of the Simcoe family. The roof is gable-ended with shaped
barge boards.
Interior: the roof structure is hidden by a plaster segmental vault. The walls are
plastered and the floor is laid with C19 tiles. Carved oak reredos in Gothic style
and including painted panels of the Lords Prayer and Commandments. Beerstone ashlar
altar in Gothic style. Oak altar rail on cast iron standards. The oak reading desk
the pews and wainscotting incorporate a great deal of C17 carved pieces including
linenfold panels, chip-carved lunettes flowers and the like. The font is Beerstone
and Gothic in style. There are some probably C18 lozenge-shaped boards on the walls
painted with armorial bearings.
A plaque also records that in 1966 the deeds of the chapel were handed to the Prime
Minister of Ontario by Sir Geoffrey Harmsworth whose family previously owned
restored and maintained the chapel. It is the burial place of Leiutenant General
John Graves Simcoe (1752 - 1806) who was the first Leiutenant Governor of Upper
Canada, now Ontario, and was the founder of the city of York, now Toronto.
The chapel is apparently built on the site of Old Wulphere Church.

Listing NGR: ST1371505240

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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