MSO12166 - Former chantry chapel, Leighland Chapel (Monument)


A medieval chapel was sited here prior to the construction of St Giles' Church. It bore the same dedication and was 46' long and 19' wide, with a small turret and one bell.

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An ancient chapel dedicated to St Giles is at Leighland Chapel and belonged to the parish church of Cleeve. The structure is 46ft long and 19ft wide with a small turret and one bell. [1] The chapel existed in 1320. In 1548 it was regarded as a chantry. It was a single cell building with a western bellcot and a large southern porch which had probably been a tower, its upper part converted to a gabled room perhaps in the C18. The church of St Giles, succeeding to the dedication of the medieval chapel, was built in 1861-2 by C.E Giles.The medieval tiles around the font are probably from Cleeve Abbey. [2] A chapel called "Lyland Chapel" is listed in this parish in 1548. No remains of an earlier building are incorporated in the present St Giles's church (MSO10523), which is entirely C19 and in normal use. [3]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Monograph: Collinson J. 1791. History of Somerset. 3. 511.
  • <2> Monograph: Dunning, R. W. (editor). 1985. A History of the County of Somerset. Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research. 5. 42, 51-2.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. ST03NW. 10.
  • <4> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. 219.
  • <5> Monograph: Allen, N.V.. 1974. Churches and Chapels of Exmoor. Exmoor Press. 58.
  • <6> Monograph: 1888. Somerset Chantries. 2. 47.



Grid reference Centred ST 0321 3654 (1m by 0m)
Map sheet ST03NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO10523
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7796
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NW10
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 188388
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 30778
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35132

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Feb 26 2013 1:53PM


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