Information for record number MWA740:
Site of Medieval Chapel at Chapel Green

Summary The possible site of a Medieval chapel. The exact location of the chapel is unknown but it is thought to have existed somewhere in the area to the north of chapel Green.
What Is It?  
Type: Chapel
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Napton on the Hill
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 46 60
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Within Napton parish was a chapel of St Lawrence. A licence of 1392-3 granted to John Odams allowed him to hold divine services there.
2 chapel Green at the S end of the village of Napton-on-the-Hill perhaps preserves the memory of the chapel of St Lawrence. John Odams was tenant of the prior of Coventry, who was 'rector' (i.e. owner of the tithes) of an estate in Napton.
3 The dedication is the same as that of the parish church.
4 In 1884 Matthew Bloxam states that 'The site of this chapel is said to be known'. It was certainly lost 40 years later when chapel Green Farm was purchased. The documentary evidence is scanty.
5 The chapel could have been in Dead Leys field at chapel Green, although the name chapel Green has not been traced before the Enclosure Act of 1779. It has been reported that skeletons have been dug up in Dead Leys (PRN 6213); could this have been the graveyard of the chapel?

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Antiquities of Warwickshire
Author/originator: Dugdale W
Date: 1730
Page Number: 1056
Source No: 5
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Chapel Green
Author/originator: Usher H
Date: 1973
Page Number:
Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 6, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1951
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: VI
Source No: 4
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: Napton on the Hill
Author/originator: Usher H
Date: 1977
Page Number: 1
Source No: 3
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: OS Card, 15SE2
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1968
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 15SE2
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source OS Card Ordnance Survey Record Card. Before the 1970s the Ordnance Survey (OS) were responsible for recording archaeological monuments during mapping exercises. This helped the Ordnance Survey to decide which monuments to publish on maps. During these exercises the details of the monuments were written down on record cards. Copies of some of the cards are kept at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. The responsibility for recording archaeological monuments later passed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments. back
technique Documentary Evidence Documentary evidence is another name for written records. The first written records in Britain date back to the Roman period. Documentary evidence can take many different forms, including maps, charters, letters and written accounts. When archaeologists are researching a site, they often start by looking at documentary evidence to see if there are clues that will help them understand what they might find. Documentary evidence can help archaeologists understand sites that are discovered during an excavation, field survey or aerial survey. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument VILLAGE * A collection of dwelling-houses and other buildings, usually larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town with a simpler organisation and administration than the latter. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument PARISH CHURCH * The foremost church within a parish. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument ENCLOSURE * An area of land enclosed by a boundary ditch, bank, wall, palisade or other similar barrier. Use specific type where known. back
monument CHAPEL * A freestanding building, or a room or recess serving as a place of Christian worship in a church or other building. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FARM * A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known. back

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