History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Chapel of St Mary Including Boundary Walls Adjoining to North West

A Grade II* Listed Building in South Zeal, Devon

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 50.7261 / 50°43'34"N

Longitude: -3.9129 / 3°54'46"W

OS Eastings: 265080

OS Northings: 93580

OS Grid: SX650935

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.8NLR

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P5.9D2

Plus Code: 9C2RP3GP+FR

Entry Name: Chapel of St Mary Including Boundary Walls Adjoining to North West

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326105

English Heritage Legacy ID: 95034

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Built-Up Area: South Zeal

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Tagged with: Church building Chapel

Find accommodation in
South Tawton



8/234 Chapel of St Mary including
22.2.67 boundary walls adjoining to north-

Chapel of Ease. Dated 1713 but probably C15 or C15 origins, thoroughly renovated in
1877. Coursed blocks of granite ashlar on granite boulder footings, granite ashlar
detail; slate roof.
Plan: small chapel built on a north-west south-east axis. Simple unaisled
structure, rectangular in plan with a bellcote over the north-west gable.
Exterior: doorway in centre of north-west end wall; a 2-centred, almost round-
headed, arch with chamfered surround. Directly above a painted C19 olockface. On
the gable here is the pretty bellcote, the only feature left which suggests a date
earlier than 1713. Built of granite ashlar it has a crenellated parapet with corner
pinnacles. Each side is a 2-bay arcade of low segmental arches and the corners are
carved like minature set back buttresses with weathered coping. Both gable ends
have shaped kneelers and coping. Both sides have 2-window fronts of C19 replacement
2-light windows; flat-topped, pointed arch heads and sunken spandrels. Taller 3-
light version on south-east end is original. Above it a plaque dated 1713 and above
that another dated 1877.
Interior is wholly the result of the C19 refurbishment; arch-braced truss roof and
plain pine fittings and furniture.
A narrow plot of ground at the north-west end is enclosed by C19 low rubble walls
with rusticated granite coping with iron railings and twisted standards set into the
top. Gateway has granite ashlar posts.
Some of the larger boulders in the footings are said to be a type of granite not
found locally and therefore some religious, even pre-Christian, significance has been attributed to them. According to the parish churchwardens accounts the place
was used as a school in 1773. The chapel occupies a prominent central position in
South Zeal which is a special settlement being one of the few medieval boroughs in
Devon where a significant number of its late-medieval houses survive to a greater or
lesser extent.
Source: Devon SMR

Listing NGR: SX6508093580

External Links

External links are from the relevant listing authority and, where applicable, Wikidata. Wikidata IDs may be related buildings as well as this specific building. If you want to add or update a link, you will need to do so by editing the Wikidata entry.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.