Monument record MCC7066 - St Leonards Church, Lexden


A chapel of the Park at Lexden was extant in 1201 and 1237.


Grid reference Centred TL 9712 2507 (67m by 175m) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

A chapel of the Park at Lexden was extant in 1201 and 1237. On the north side of St Leonards Church stands a little aisle or chapel, aligned N to S. The remains of this chapel are visible on the north side of St Leonards church.<1><2>
Morant states that the medieval church which stood immediately north of the present church in the same churchyard comprised a nave, chancel and north `aisle or chapel' which was set at right angles to the main axis - presumably therefore a transept (confirmed by a watercolour).<3>
The chapel of the Park is mentioned in confirmations to Colchester Abbey by Pope Innocent in 1201 and Roger, Bishop of London in 1237.<4> Other ref.<5><6> have vaults below.
Rodwell (1977) records, archaeologically there can be little left to find.<3>

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1960 0nwards. SMR form unknown.
  • <2> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Ordnance Survey. unknown. OS cards. TL92NE30, 1950.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. p.112.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Fowler, RC. 1923. Essex Chapels. Vol 16, p.113.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: Morant, P. 1768. History and Antiquities of Essex. Vol 1, p.133.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, p.47.

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Sep 6 2017 3:34PM

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