Haughton Chapel

Archaeology

Earliest core fabric is probably C12th, though earlier may exist at base courses; some counterpitched rubble.

West gable C12-C14th

Former north aisle C14th; demolished C16th; arcades remain in ruined blocking of the north wall

Chancel probably same period as core - C12th-C13th and later, though with possible earlier material at base

N. side of chancel has ruined C16th mortuary chapel

Significant Interior Features

Former C12th S. doorway to nave with chevron and cable moulding; now lost

C14th foliate design wall paintings on the arcade of the former north aisle

Early medieval grave-markers, now lost or stolen (one, later medieval, removed to Walesby church in 1947)

C12th font (now at Walesby church)

Timbers and roofs

  Nave Chancel Tower
Main None remain None remain n/a
S.Aisle n/a n/a  
N.Aisle Aisle demolished None remain  
Other principal      
Other timbers No timbers whatsoever remain    

Bellframe

Former stone double bellcote on west gable, Elphick type A; Pickford type 9A, demolished c1947.

Walls

  Nave Chancel Tower
Plaster covering & date No plaster; traces visible 1947 Traces; mostly vanished n/a
Potential for wall paintings C14th murals on N.arcade Possible n/a

Excavations and potential for survival of below-ground archaeology

No archaeological excavations have taken place. The building is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and excavation will require SM Consent.

The overall potential for the survival of below-ground archaeology in the churchyard is considered to be very high and below the present interior floors is considered to be very high.

Exterior: Burials expected, multiperiod, but all before C17th. As there are are no modern burials, all inhumation evidence is expected to be early-late medieval and much of this as intact and uncut graves as the population was always small. It is possible that evidence of a predecessor chapel may also survive.

Interior: Archaeological deposits are expected to survive comparatively intact and undisturbed, though damaged through long exposure to water ingress. Floor levels, burials, and evidence of internal use and alteration ought to be present. The whole is anticipated to be a highly complex sequence of fragile stratigraphy from the C12th or earlier through to the C17th/C18th. Some damage during 1947 and later: unquantified.

Walls: Much damaged through ruination, and with considerable loss through deliberate demolition c1947. The remaining upstanding walls, and their footings, are expected to be of the C12th or earlier to the C16th. Evidence of counterpitched rubble construction may be indicative of an early date. Mural paintings survive on the north aisle arcade.