Excavation at St Loyes Chapel, Exeter 1988-90 (Exeter archive site 95)

Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology, 2015

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Introduction

Excavation at St Loyes Chapel, Exeter 1988-90 (Exeter archive site 95)

A small-scale trial excavation was undertaken in late 1988 on a proposed housing site adjoining the ruined medieval St Loyes Chapel. The chapel was found to overlie alluvial and colluvial valley-bottom deposits of considerable depth which probably accumulated earlier in the medieval period as plough-wash derived from cultivated fields further upslope.

The chapel itself was examined in September 1990 prior to structural repairs and repointing. the trial excavations in 1988 had located the position of the missing north-western wall. The heavy overgrowth of ivy had obscured the walls of the chapel for many years. The removal of ivy showed that the south-east wall contained three narrow lancet windows with Beerstone frames and that the north-east wall contained no window but a small quatrefoil in the gable.