West Humble Chapel, Mickleham, Box Hill

Record ID:  127045 / MNA126828
Record type:  Monument
Protected Status: Scheduled Monument, Listed Building: Grade II
NT Property:  Box Hill; London and South East
Civil Parish:  None Recorded
Grid Reference:  TQ 15997 51935
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Summary

West Humble Chapel of C12 origin lies on the road running west up to Ranmore Common.

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West Humble Chapel, Mickleham, Box Hill MNA126828 © National Trust
West Humble Chapel, Mickleham, Box Hill MNA126828 © National Trust

Monument Types

  • CHAPEL OF EASE (Medieval - 1300 AD to 1500 AD)

Description

West Humble Chapel. Small, of rectangular plan with parts of the east and west walls remaining. No architectural details left (Pevsner 1962).
Dating from possibly the C12 (Hart & Braun 1941).
Pottery dating from the C14 was found outside the south wall during excavation (Dunning 1938).
The chapel consisted of an aiseless nave and chancel, total length c. 16m (50ft), width of nave 5m (16ft) and of chancel 4m (12ft). Possibly built towards the end of the C12 as a ? chapel- of-ease for Mickleham Church Possibly abandoned c.1500 as church (certainly before c. 1540 on coin evidence) and later used as a farm building. Clearance and slight restoration work in 1930s revealed some associated burials with pottery loose above them (Hart & Braun 1941).

A plain rectangular building 48ft x 16ft built of courses of rounded flints in what are mainly sandstone walls. Very ruinous, only the west gable standing with part of the east wall and the lower part of the south. There seems to have been a window on the east wall, but the wall is broken away and no detail can be seem. The same is true of the window at the west end,perhaps once circular. In the west gable is a small light with remains of one jamb and of a trefoil head. May be C13. Remains of the chapel are not very valuable architecturally, but such remains are rare in Surrey. (EH SAM report 1989).
Archaeological Comments - Site:127045*0 Should an opportunity to fieldwalk the adjacent fields arise, it should be undertaken.

References

  • SNA63758 - National Trust Report: Vernacular Building Survey, Westhumble Chapel, Box Hill.

  • SNA67254 - Article in serial: Surrey Archaeological Society. 1938. Pottery from West Humble Chapel, Dorking. 46.

  • SNA67255 - Article in serial: Surrey Archaeological Society. 1941. West Humble Chapel, Dorking. 47.

  • SNA67295 - Report: Oxley Conservation for the National Trust. 2015. West Humble Chapel Quinquennial Survey.

  • SZL11352 - Photograph - black and white: N R Bannister. 01/01/1996. West Humble Chapel, W elevation. 32.

  • SZL17912 - Photograph - black and white: N R Bannister. 01/01/1996. West Humble Chapel, E elevation. 33.

  • SZL3834 - Article in serial: E Hart, H Braun. 1941. West Humble Chapel. 47.

  • SZL43059 - Aerial Photograph: 01/01/1948. Mickleham and West Humble. 15SE.

  • SZL530 - Map: National Trust North Downs. 1934. Chapel Ruins, West Humble, Surrey. 2500.

  • SZL6225 - Monograph: R Shepperd. 1982. The Manor of Wistomble in the Parish of Mickleham.

  • SZL743 - Monograph: Ian Nairn,. 1971. The Buildings of England, Surrey.

  • SZL8409 - Article in serial: G C Dunning. 1938. Pottery from West Humble Chapel, Dorking. 46.

  • SZL9657 - Unpublished document: N R Bannister. 1997. Box Hill and Mickleham Downs: historic landscape survey.

  • SZL970 - Monograph: H E Malden. 1911. The Victoria History of the County of Surrey. 3.

Designations

Other Statuses and References

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • HER/SMR Reference (External): 175
  • National Monuments Record Reference: TQ15SE11

Associated Events

  • ENA2097 - Field Survey, Historic landscape survey of Box Hill
  • ENA4855 - Field Survey, Vernacular Building Survey, Westhumble Chapel, Box Hill
  • ENA8766 - Archaeological Intervention, West Humble Chapel Excavation and Recording
  • ENA8806 - Non Archaeological Intervention, West Humble Chapel Quinquennial Survey 2015

Associated Finds

None Recorded

Related Records

None Recorded