Site Event/Activity record ESF20055 - St Margaret's Chapel, Mells: Building recording

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Location WMH 003 St Margaret's Chapel, Mells
Grid reference Centred TM 4056 7676 (22m by 10m)
Map sheet TM47NW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



A survey to record in elevation and plan the ruins of the chapel of St Margaret's at Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet was undertaken in advance of urgent repair stabilise the structure. St Margaret's dates to the early 12th century, it has been robbed completely of all its valuable building material and has had lost every piece of dressed stone. Documentary records state that the chapel was out of use from 1465 and it was a ruin by the time Hodskinson drew his map in 1783. The excavation of a test hole showed that the original floor had been removed, but a brick surface laid post 17th century was uncovered. The extent and function of the surface is unknown but it may have been a previous attempt to consolidate the arch or present the ruin as a picturesque folly. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: Sitecode WMH 003 NMR No. 1513727 Project Type: Recording project Investigation Type: Part Survey Reason for Investigation: Scheduled Monument Consent Site status: Scheduled Monument (SM) Current Land use: Other 8 - Land dedicated to the display of a monument Monument Type(s)/Period(s): STANDING BUILDING Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): N/A None PROJECT LOCATION Area 100.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM40577676 Point Height 13.00 - 15.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: R Carr Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: David Gill DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Survey Media: Images raster / digital photography, Survey, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Survey Media: Photograph, Plan, Report, Survey BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: St. Margaret's Chapel, Wenhaston with Mells Hamlet Author(s)/Editor(s): 'Gill, D.J' Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report No 2007/122 Date: 2007 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Shire Hall, Bury St Edmunds Description: Standard SCCAS client report, soft bound A4

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: SCCAS. 2007. Building survey report St Margaret's Chapel, Wenhaston with Mells WMH 003.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Old Chapel Farm/St Margaret's Chapel (Monument)

Record last edited

Apr 6 2011 1:54PM

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