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Bickleigh Castle Chapel Including Walls to Enclosure to South and West

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bickleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8509 / 50°51'3"N

Longitude: -3.5115 / 3°30'41"W

OS Eastings: 293694

OS Northings: 106801

OS Grid: SS936068

Mapcode National: GBR LH.VL79

Mapcode Global: FRA 36JV.HS6

Plus Code: 9C2RVF2Q+9C

Entry Name: Bickleigh Castle Chapel Including Walls to Enclosure to South and West

Listing Date: 28 August 1987

Last Amended: 29 August 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1325639

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96623

Location: Bickleigh, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Bickleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bickleigh St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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5/4 Bickleigh Castle chapel
- including walls to
enclosure to south and
Private chapel. Nave and chancel fabric probably C12; chancel roof C15, restoration
of 1929, further restoration, including re-roofing the nave, in 1970. Local volcanic
rubble with volcanic dressings; thatched roof, gabled at east and west ends. Plan:
nave and chancel with an entrance on the south side of the nave. The chancel retains
Romanesque windows, the nave has circa late C15 Perpendicular style windows, which may
be co-eval with the chancel roof. For a period prior to 1929 the building was in use
as a cattle shed and the west end gallery may derive from a fodder loft added for
agricultural purposes. The chapel was restored in 1970 including replacing the nave
roof with a copy of the plain collar rafter roof trusses which may themselves have
replaced a more elaborate late medieval roof. There is evidence of patching on the
north side masonry and the ashlar north and south west corners indicate rebuilding. A
plinth on the south side of the nave returns round the west end, suggesting that there
may have been some reconstruction of the south wall although the date at which this
took place is uncertain. The chancel has a very narrow round-headed C12 slit east
window, deeply splayed to the interior, and a shorter, wider round-headed 1-light C12
window on the south side. The north side of the nave has a 3-light Perpendicular
window inserted in C20 with cinquefoil-headed lights and a square-headed hoodmould;
2 similar 2-light west window. The narrow C12 south doorway has an outer and inner
round-headed arch with a continuous hoodmould. Interior Whitewashed walls with
exposed stone dressings; chancel arch formed by junction of nave and chancel roof;
stone floor; west end gallery with ladder access largely 1971 but retaining 1 roughly
chamfered cross beam. C15 unceiled waggon roof to chancel with moulded ribs and
carved bosses. Utilitarian collar rafter nave roof, a 1971 copy of the previous roof
structure with pegged trusses. Font with splayed octagonal bowl with a brattished
moulding on a plain octagonal stem, stem and bowl not necessarily co-eval. The
chancel has an ogee-arched aumbry with blind tracery. The narrow east window is
filled with a stained glass vine trail; the south window in the chancel with a Virgin
and Child in the C14 manner. Furnishings, introduced from elsewhere, include a
probably C16 carved chest with panels of blind flamboyant tracery used as an altar;
re-used bench ends, 1 with poppyhead finials and carved arm rests; a C17 lectern with
traces of ancient colour on the barleysugar stem andCl7 folding chairs. Loose
fragments of high quality alabaster were found when the chapel floor was excavated
this century. Cob and stone rubble walls form an enclosure to the south and west of
the chapel and are important to its setting. A rare example of a circa C12 private
chapel forming a group with Bickleigh Castle.

Listing NGR: SS9369406801

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