Spreacombe early history - 1250 Secular Chantry
Spreacombe, meaning "brushwood valley" is mentioned in the doomsday books.
We have very little information about the early days, save from the fact that a chapel, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist was built in the grounds of the Manor. This would have been a Catholic chapel and provided living quarters for the priest (2 small rooms) as well as the formal area for the congregation.
The sign, photographed, is positioned alongside the chapel ruins, just a short walk from our cottages.