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St Peter's Chapel,Halkirk

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.4619 / 58°27'42"N

Longitude: -3.525 / 3°31'29"W

OS Eastings: 311123

OS Northings: 953636

OS Grid: ND111536

Mapcode National: GBR K6NC.B0W

Mapcode Global: WH5C3.TKMW

Entry Name: St Peter's Chapel,Halkirk

Scheduled Date: 13 April 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5296

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Halkirk

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a late medieval chapel, known as St Peter's, situated on the N bank of the Olgrinbeg Burn. The rectangular building measures 8m E-W by 3.4m within walls 1.1-1.2m thick (now spread to 2.2m). The walls of drystone construction are reduced to a height of under 0.7m. In the W end are two half buried flag stones. There is a ditch running parallel to the chapel on the N side which is probably of later date. The area to be scheduled is rectangular, measuring a maximum of 16.2m E-W by 8.2m N-S, to extend 2m from the exterior walls of the chapel, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as it is a representative example of a simple chapel which dates from late medieval/early modern period. It provides evidence, and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation and analysis, for ecclesiastical architecture, material culture, and settlement evolution and distribution in the area during the period of its use and subsequent abandonment.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as ND 15 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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