Yatton Chapel

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Yatton Chapel
A small single-cell chapel, with a round-headed doorway and a wooden bellcote with a pyramidal roof on the west end
Yatton Chapel from the southeast
Yatton Chapel is located in Herefordshire
Yatton Chapel
Yatton Chapel
Location in Herefordshire
Coordinates: 51°58′15″N 2°32′40″W / 51.9708°N 2.5444°W / 51.9708; -2.5444
OS grid reference SO 626 303
Location Yatton, Herefordshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Architecture
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 25 February 1966
Architectural type Church
Style Norman
Groundbreaking 12th century
Specifications
Materials Sandstone, stone slate roof

Yatton Chapel is a redundant Anglican church in south-east Herefordshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It stands at the end of a winding track adjacent to Chapel Farmhouse.[2]

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The chapel was built in the 12th century, and was originally a parish church. Alterations were made to it during the 13th century. The north wall was rebuilt in the 16th or 17th century.[1] In about 1600 the bellcote was added.[3] The east end of the chancel was rebuilt in 1704, reusing a 13th-century window.[1] It closed as a parish church in 1841 when a new church was built on a different site.[3] The chapel was restored during the 1970s by the Redundant Churches Commission (now the Churches Conservation Trust).[1] It was declared redundant on 15 March 1971, and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 20 September 1974.[4]

Architecture[edit]

Yatton Chapel is constructed in sandstone rubble with ashlar dressings, and has a stone slate roof. Its plan is simple, consisting of a nave and chancel, and a bellcote at the west end. The bellcote is weatherboarded and has a pyramidal roof. The south doorway is Norman in style. It has a semicircular arched head decorated with chevrons, and a tympanum carved with a foliar design. To the right of the doorway are a double square-headed window, a small single-light square-headed window, and a larger single-light window with a pointed arch. In the east wall are two single-light round-headed windows, one above the other. At the west end is a two-light window with trefoil heads. Inside the church are two fonts. The original font, probably from the 12th century, is a damaged plain cylindrical bowl. The other font, dating from the 12th century, also has a plain cylindrical bowl and was moved here from the church at Brobury when it closed.[1]

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