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Chapel of St Michael at Roche Rock

A Grade I Listed Building in Roche, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.402 / 50°24'7"N

Longitude: -4.8282 / 4°49'41"W

OS Eastings: 199112

OS Northings: 59619

OS Grid: SW991596

Mapcode National: GBR ZV.VM37

Mapcode Global: FRA 07SZ.LTG

Plus Code: 9C2QC52C+RP

Entry Name: Chapel of St Michael at Roche Rock

Listing Date: 10 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1327342

English Heritage Legacy ID: 70972

Location: Roche, Cornwall, PL26

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Roche

Built-Up Area: Roche

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Roche

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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5/222 Chapel of St Michael at Roche Rock

Chapel. Licensed 1409. Squared dressed granite.
Plan: has the appearance of a 3-stage tower, with a lower room for a chaplain and
the chapel above. The chapel is built on the side, near the top of a massive jagged
outcrop of schorl and the floor of the lower room is the rock.
The east front has a moulded string courses, at the first stage no windows, the 2nd
stage has a small single light with trefoil head, moulded granite jambs and lintel
with voussoirs. The 3rd stage has large 2-centred arched window with moulded jambs
and relieving arch. Upper gable end. On the south side, there is a 4-centred arches
doorway to the chaplain's room, with roll-moulded surround.
Interior The floor between the chaplain's room and the chapel has been removed; at
the upper level to north is a small window with flat lintel.
St Michael's Chapel is of outstanding landscape value. The site would have been:
chosen for its isolation, and as particularly suitable for a dedication to St
Michael; now, no longer used as a chapel, and without a roof, it has also assumed the
qualities a romantic folly. The combination of the jagged rock face and the dressed
granite forms an architectural unity, whether it is viewed as a mediaeval chapel or
as a romantic ruin.
Ancient monument no, 191.

Listing NGR: SW9910859617

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