Monument record ARG 004 - Chapel of St Mary, Thorpe

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Grid reference Centred TM 4719 5993 (50m by 50m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

1477: mention of 'chapel of St Mary of Thorpe'.
1783: mapped and notated as `ruins' by Hodskinson. Chapelry of Snape Priory. Dates of demolition disputed earliest being 1500. Ruins dismantled 1820 and site ploughed.
1870: 'some remains of a church or chapel, but the whole has been removed except a very small portion. Situated in a field opposite Mr Nunn's farm' (R1).
Skeletons (at least two) found in E-W graves in gas mains trench at Thorpeness almshouses. Locals report further indications of cemetery in adjacent gardens. No dating evidence. Information from Ipswich Museum 1980. 13 September 1990: Two further skeletons in gas pipe trench (S2) ? site visit by Tom Loader.
1997: A documentary search established without doubt the location of the Chapel of St Mary but it was not possible to determine the extent of the graveyard. The report concluded that the site of the Dolphin Inn lies outside the area of the graveyard (S4)..
Also see Misc.

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM45NE1, 3 December 1977.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: (S4).
  • <R1> (No record type): Hele J F, Notes and jottings about Aldeburgh, 1890, 13.
  • <S2> (No record type): Suffolk Constabulary.
  • <S3> (No record type): Goult W, A Survey of Suffolk History: E Suffolk A-H, 1990.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Breen, A. M.. 1997. The Dolphin, Thorpness, Aldringham Cum Thorpe, Documentary Search. SCC, Breen A M, SCCAS Report, 97/41, July 1997, ill.
  • <S4> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.
  • <S5> Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. F1 GJM 07-FEB-79.
  • <S6> Article in serial: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. vol 35 1981.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 22 2021 11:48AM

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