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St Nicholas' Chapel and Lighthouse

A Grade I Listed Building in Ilfracombe, Devon

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Latitude: 51.2111 / 51°12'40"N

Longitude: -4.1129 / 4°6'46"W

OS Eastings: 252512

OS Northings: 147891

OS Grid: SS525478

Mapcode National: GBR KN.3XKV

Mapcode Global: VH4M4.NTJF

Plus Code: 9C3Q6V6P+FR

Entry Name: St Nicholas' Chapel and Lighthouse

Listing Date: 15 June 1951

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1208792

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390232

Location: Ilfracombe, North Devon, Devon, EX34

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Ilfracombe

Built-Up Area: Ilfracombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ilfracombe St Philip and St James

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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853-1/7/95 St Nicholas' Chapel and Lighthouse


Chapel (now disused) incorporating a lighthouse lantern,
situated on a high rock, known as Lantern Hill, between the
sea and harbour. Possibly C14 and known to be in existence by
early C15. By the time of Henry VIII used as a lighthouse but
present lantern C18/early C19.
Rubble, part rendered and slated roofs, that over western
chancel lower and crowned by lantern.
Bulging west end an early C20 reinforcement covering the
original wall behind with 2 lancet windows.
Rectangular plan approx. 31'6" x 13'3" internally; reverse
orientated with gabled rubble porch at east end, lit by
windows and having plank door, and lean-to porch on south
elevation with sash window to right.
North elevation has a sash and a casement window and roof
dormer. To right, the projecting base of a presumed turret
including the window sill. Octagonal lantern with ogee roof
surmounted by a copper fish-shaped weather vane with cut-out
letter "B" and date "1819".
INTERIOR not inspected but believed to retain C18 internal
Date of closure for worship not known but seems to have been
used for various purposes over last 200 years; during the C19
it was used as a dwelling house, reading room and laundry.
This chapel is a prominent and important feature of the
(National Monuments Record: Hussell AT: Measured drawing:
Sept.: 1943-).

Listing NGR: SS5251247890

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