St Martin's Chapel, Chisbury

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St Martin's Chapel, Chisbury

St Martin's Chapel, Chisbury is a mediaeval former chapel next to the manor house in the hamlet of Chisbury, Wiltshire, England.

St Martin's was built in the early part of the 13th century,[1] on the edge of Chisbury Camp, an Iron Age hillfort.[2] There are written records of it from 1246 onwards and its surviving architecture is contemporary with that period.[1] The walls are faced with flint. The windows have the remains of good-quality Decorated Gothic tracery that suggests they were added in the latter part of the 13th century.[1][3]

Between 1496 and 1518 St. Martin's lacked a priest, but it was served again from then until 1547.[1] Thereafter St. Martin's lapsed from use for worship and was re-used as a barn.[1] It was re-roofed with thatch in the 19th century.

The hillfort, including the chapel, was designated as a scheduled ancient monument in 1925.[2] The chapel is in the guardianship of English Heritage.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Baggs, A P; Freeman, J; Smith, C; Stevenson, J H; Williamson, E (1999). Crowley, D.A., ed. "Victoria County History: Wiltshire: Vol 16 pp50-69 – Little Bedwyn". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Chisbury Camp and St Martin's Chapel (1013400)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975) [1963]. Wiltshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 174. ISBN 0 14 071026 4. 
  4. ^ "Chisbury Chapel". English Heritage. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°23′24″N 1°35′55″W / 51.3901°N 1.5986°W / 51.3901; -1.5986