Tyting Chapel

 

This is a strange place – a deserted farm.  The 14th century chapel stood just to the south of the ruinous 1960s dairy buildings and was incorporated into the farmhouse of Tyting Farm when it was rebuilt in 1609, firstly as a kitchen and later, when the house became a private residence known as Tyting House, as a dining room.  In 1942 both Tyting House and Tyting Farm were acquired by the council from the Duke of Northumberland Estate to prevent undesirable development but shortly after was requisitioned by the War Department as a training establishment for spies, possibly associated with the highly secret Special Operations Executive base at Wanborough Manor (See Crooksbury Line).  Tyting House was demolished in 1957, together with the historic chapel.  The site was in a dire state and the whole farm, including a historic barn, was razed to the ground and a modern dairy unit constructed.

The alignment (Line 152) passes through the turning area in front of the boarded-up house ‘Tyting Rise’ some twenty nine metres east of the Ancient Monument symbol.  The stone retaining wall to the turning area can be seen in the bottom photograph.

152_5+ Tyting Chapel

Standing on site of chapel looking north over derelict farm

Standing on site of chapel looking north over derelict farm

Chapel site is just to the right of track by photographer

Chapel site is just to the right of track by photographer

TYTING MOUND (See plan above)

Labelled as a tumulus by the Ordnance Survey and certainly having the appearance of one.  It has, as far as I know, never been excavated and some opinions suggest the possibility that this is a landscape feature of the 18th century.  Usually these features were planted with pines or firs and these old stumps would support that argument.  Nonetheless it was amongst the first earthworks in Surrey to be protected as an Ancient Monument.

 

Tyting Tumulus

Tyting Mound looking west

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