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Ruins of St Lawrence's Chapel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Barforth, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.5405 / 54°32'25"N

Longitude: -1.7479 / 1°44'52"W

OS Eastings: 416405

OS Northings: 516166

OS Grid: NZ164161

Mapcode National: GBR JH7Y.C4

Mapcode Global: WHC5T.34XJ

Entry Name: Ruins of St Lawrence's Chapel

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1338613

English Heritage Legacy ID: 111594

Location: Barforth, County Durham, DL11

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Barforth

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Forcett with Aldborough and Melsonby

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text


4/5 Ruins of St.
12.1.67 Lawrence's Chapel


Chapel of the deserted medieval village of Barforth. C12, enlarged and
remodelled in C13; nave converted into priest's house in early C16. Rubble,
coursed in parts, with ashlar dressings. Rectangular plan.

South elevation in two sections: left part C12. Remains of original round-
arched door to left of C13 doorway with arch of 2 orders, the outer hollow-
chamfered on jamb shafts whose moulded caps and bases survive; doorway now
blocked with a C16 or later 2-light window (also blocked) inserted. To right
remains of narrow C12 loop and C16 square chamfered window. Right part of
wall, with chamfered plinth, C13: blocked trefoil-headed priest's door and 4
lancet windows. East end has stepped clasping buttresses and small central
buttress under 3 stepped lancets with linked hoodmould. North elevation
shows from east to west: lancet, round-arched low-side window, chamfered
doorway, buttress with chamfered angles and square C16 window; west part of
wall largely fallen. West end has 3 stepped buttresses, the shorter central
one below a tall lancet subdivided to serve floors of C16 priest's house.

Interior: eastern lancets have sills set low to carry reredos; rebated
trefoil-headed aumbry on north. Lower part of C16 cross wall shows jambs of
doorway, remains of fireplace, and squint from house to chapel.

Historical note: The chapel may have served a hospital or small collegiate
establishment. The priest's house was a farmhouse until the C18; its north
wall fell in the mid C19, and the cross wall in the 1960's.

Listing NGR: NZ1640516166

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

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