Keys to the Past

South Charlton chapel and tower (Eglingham)

A medieval chapel and tower once stood at South Charlton. The chapel is mentioned in 1273 and was probably built by the Lucker family. Services stopped here in 1343, possibly because of war, and it may have fallen into ruin. However, in the middle of the 15th century a tower was built at the end of the chapel to protect the villages from the Scots. Although it became semi-ruinous in the 16th and 17th centuries we know the chapel was in use up to the mid 18th century. It stood at the east end of the village, in a field once called Kirk Croft. The churchyard wall and gate were pulled down in 1829 and no trace can be seen today.

Reference number:N5040
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1955; E Geary



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Source of Reference
Local History of Eglingham


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