MDE1213 - Medieval or post-medieval chapel at Bentwitchen (Monument)


The remains of a chapel are noted on historic maps. It has been recorded that the structure may have been incorporated into a house, possibly Bentwitchen Cottage.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7307 3403. Chapel (NR) (Remains of) [1] The column in the sketch, indicated by a circled dot on 6 inch Record sheet at SS 7307 3403, stands in a cottage garden and is composed mostly of rough stones, uncemented. The larger blocks of stone at the southwest corner are dressed, and carved in a fluted design as shown in sketch. The carved stone lies on top of the column. It does not seem that the smaller, rough stones belong to the original structure. [2] The isolated "column" of stones described by [2] is still extant but it is doubtful that this represents 'in situ' remains of the chapel, although the carved stones probably came from the building. [3] The column refered to by [3] does not survive in the front garden of Bentwichen Cottage at SS 7307 3403. However, pieces of moulded stone are visible in the walls of the garden. [4] Lysons records a chapel at Ben Twitchen, which was converted into a dwelling by 1772. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1906.
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. SS73SW2, Reviser 5 November 1957. [Mapped feature: #45977 ]
  • <3>XY Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigators Comments. MJ Fletcher, F1, 3 March 1973. [Mapped feature: #45977 ]
  • <4> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 December 1992.
  • <5> Monograph: Lysons, D. and Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannia: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties of Great Britain; 6: Devonshire. T Cadell and W Davies.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35081, Extant 1 December 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12174
  • Devon SMR: SS73SW/18
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20251
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SW2
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35081



Grid reference SS 7307 3403 (point)
Map sheet SS73SW

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Record last edited

Dec 1 2021 2:59PM


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