A chapel of St. James was mentioned in 1575, when it was sold as a 'cottage'. (fn. 52)
No earlier references have been found, and there
is no evidence to link the chapel to Chimney's
Anglo-Saxon burial ground. (fn. 53) In the 1630s
Robert Veysey (d. 1635) was accused of profaning the chapel, suggesting that it still served
some ecclesiastical function, and in 1657 a 50year-old deponent remembered hearing the
epistles, gospels, and Lord's Prayer read there;
another recalled it being used as a school, however, and in 1634 Veysey asserted that it had
been used for c. 70 years as a church house for
Whitsun ales, claiming further to have rebuilt it
in the early 1620s after Chimney's inhabitants
refused to meet the cost. (fn. 54) In the late 1650s it
was reportedly used for impounding cattle, and
was demolished perhaps in 1758 and certainly
by 1789. (fn. 55) Its site, said in 1657 to be 'near' the
Veyseys' manor house, is unidentified; the remains of 'Chapel Barn', west of modern
Chimney Farm, are not identifiably medieval. (fn. 56)
||P.R.O., C 66/1125, m. 23.
Cal. S.P. Dom. 1635-6, 113; P.R.O., E 134/1656-
7/Hil. 20, m. 3 and d.; D. & C. Exeter, MS. 1998.
||P.R.O., E 134/1656-7/Hil. 20, m. 2; Bodl. MS. Top.
Oxon. d 218, f. 41; D. & C. Exeter, MS. 4544; ibid. MS. M 1.
||P.R.O., E 134/1656-7/Hil. 20, mm. 2d.-4; Oxoniensia,
liv. 48, 50.