Scheduled Monument

St Peter's Chapel,HalkirkSM5296

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Ecclesiastical: chapel
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 11122 53643
311122, 953643


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.

Statement of National Importance

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.



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 15 SW 2.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

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