Possible Site of Church at Chapel Bank Cottage

Description of this historic site

The possible site of the church at Lower Radbroke deserted village which dated to the Medieval period. It is known from place name evidence 'Chapel Bank', and documentary evidence which suggests the church had been used as a barn until 1881.

Notes about this historic site

1 The church is recorded before the end of the 12th century as having been given to Henwood Priory, but by 1417 the advowson had been acquired by the Catesbys and attached to the manor. In 1535 it is styled a ‘parish church’, but the church had probably by then fallen into decay. In 1616 it was definitely called ‘the ruined church of Upper Radbourn’.
2 The church fell down between 1541 and 1544. The alternative site (PRN 1305) is given.
3 No information regarding church site.
4 The source for Beresford’s statement about the church falling down is uncertain. In WNHAS for 1884 it is recorded that an ancient chapel long used as a barn was taken down in 1881-2. In 1924 a reporter on the Rugby Advertiser interviewed a man who said that he helped to dismantle the old vicarage. There are four corbels cemented into the porch of Ladbroke Church and a finial cross inside the church said to have come from Radbourne. A neighbouring barn may also have pillars from the church (PRN 1306). The owner of the farm said she understood that the farm was built on the church. A curious concrete apron lies in front of the farm and may be related to the chapel. A homestead is marked on the Tithe Award Map of 1849, and if the chapel was knocked down in 1881 it must have been adjacent to the house, as marked on the OS map.
5 Dressed stone at the cottage may have come from the church.
6 Plan associated with 5.

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