Information for record number MWA4435:
Site of Medieval Chapel at Crimscote

Summary Documentary evidence suggests that this is the site of a chapel of Medieval/Post Medieval date. The piscina survives in Whitchurch church. It is located at Crimscote.
What Is It?  
Type: Chapel
Period: Medieval - Post-Medieval (1066 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Whitchurch
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 23 47
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 A chapel is mentioned at Crimscote in 1547.
2 The chapel is shown on Beighton's map of 1725. It is still there on the map in Dugdale's 2nd edition, although it is no longer called a chapel. On the West Estate Map of 1810 a small building is shown oriented E-W and this may have been the remains of the chapel. The 1810 map shows the chapel within its own close. A cottage near to this site was demolished in 1972 and an ornately carved piscina and two sizable carved heads of the type used to support roof beams were found. The piscina is now in Whitchurch church, one of the heads is a garden ornament at a house in Alderminster and the other has been lost. Replicas of the heads are in Whitchurch church.
3 The piscina appears to be of 12th century date.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Medieval Chapels of the Stour Valley
Author/originator: Drinkwater P
Date: 1983
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Notes from site visit
Author/originator: Doyle N
Date: 1986
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 5, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1965
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Volume/Sheet: 5
Source No: 4
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: 8 Crimscote, A Grade II Listed Building?
Author/originator: Howe R
Date: 2015
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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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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument PISCINA * A perforated stone basin usually built into the wall of a church on the south side of the altar. Used for carrying away the ablutions (wine and water used to rinse the chalice, and wash the priests hands after communion). 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 GARDEN ORNAMENT * A decorative or ornamental structure purposefully situated in a garden. Such as sculptures, sundials, bird baths, gnomes etc. back

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