Monument record BCC 031 - St Peter's Chapel

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Site of St Peter's Chapel (circa 12th century), near Old Market Place used by fishing community.


Grid reference Centred TM 42101 90594 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TM49SW


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Full Description

Site of St Peter's Chapel (circa 12th century), near Old Market Place used by fishing community. Declined as River Waveney receded and fishing industry declined. Still in use for divine service in 1470. Demolition date unknown (S1). Location after (S2).
According to the official guide to the market town of Beccles the chapel was for the convenience of those buying and selling herring in the adjoining market and was dedicated to St Peter, the patron saint of fishing. Chapel was seized during 'the dissolution of the Monasteries and granted, with other properties in Beccles, to William Rede in 1536, who used it as a dwelling houseā€¦' (unsubstantiated - see Listed Building details of present St Peters House [of 18th century date] which state that chapel was demolished in mid 16th century).
Detailed documentary research needed.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Goult W. 1990. A Survey of Suffolk Parish History. E Suffolk A-H, 1990.
  • <S2> Map: OS. OS Map. OS, 1:2500 map, c.1884.
  • <S3> Digital archive: English Heritage. Listed Buildings Online. LB 363021.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. 1984. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. DOE (HHR) Borough of Beccles Suff Sept 1971 38.
  • <S5> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 RSC 13-FEB-81.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

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Record last edited

Oct 27 2021 12:59PM

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