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Chisbury Chapel, Marlborough

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Chisbury is a hamlet and prehistoric hill fort in the civil parish of Little Bedwyn in Wiltshire, England. Chisbury is about 4mi west of Hungerford and about 6mi south-east of Marlborough.
At 176m above sea level, Chisbury hillfort is the highest point in Little Bedwyn parish and encloses an area of about 14acre. Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts have been found in the area, but the hillfort was most probably built in the late Iron Age in the 1st century AD. The hillfort was re-used in the Anglo-Saxon times as a burh, cited in the Burghal Hidage document which lists the fortifications of Wessex from that time.
St. Martin's chapel, on the eastern edge of the hillfort, seems to have been built in the early part of the 13th century. There are written records of it from 1246 onwards and its surviving architecture is contemporary with that period. The windows have the remains of good-quality tracery in a style that suggests they were made in the latter part of the 13th century. Between 1496 and 1518 St. Martin's lacked a priest, but it was served again from 1518 until 1547. Thereafter St. Martin's lapsed from use for worship and was turned into a barn. It was re-roofed in the 19th century but in 1998 its condition was semi-ruinous. The hillfort and chapel were designated as a scheduled ancient monument in 1925.
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  • Chisbury Chapel is isolated spatially and temporally. The views stretch out far across the rolling countryside and the building altho' slight is a startling survival from a long gone England. It's... 
    Chisbury Chapel is isolated spatially and temporally. The views stretch out far across the rolling countryside and the building altho' slight is a startling survival from a long gone England. It's...  more »
  • Drove for miles trying to find this. It's a barn by a farm. A couple of information plaques tell you of its history, but seriously folks, don't waste your fuel. It's a barn. 
    Drove for miles trying to find this. It's a barn by a farm. A couple of information plaques tell you of its history, but seriously folks, don't waste your fuel. It's a barn.  more »
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  • A medieval Chapel, still with its 13th century consecration mark. The Chapel is along a narrow farm track in the yard of a farm. No other facilities.
  • Nice little chapel/barn with what looks to be original woodwork in the ceiling. Don’t use the satnav code, use google location services instead. Drive up a farm track and park right outside. Amazing views from here as well.

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