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St Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury, Dorset, England
kizzikat wrote in placeofworship


This isolated chapel was attached to a monastery in the village below the hill. It dates to about 1400 and probably survived the dissolution of the monasteries because it is on a hill which overlooks the sea and the chapel may have been used as a lighthouse.

I could not find out anything about the terracing on the hill, so I don't know whether it is prehistoric or the result of medieval farming.  There are a lot of prehistoric earthworks in the area and if these terraces are prehistoric, I don't know why this place isn't as famous as Glastonbury Tor.


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Doves nesting inside the chapel

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The chapel is still used as a place or worship.

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The village of Abbotsbury and the site of the Abbey.  The large building on the right is the Abbey's tithe barn, the largest thatched building in the world.

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You can just see more terracing on the neighbouring hill.

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The chapel is on an artificial platform. There was probably an earlier church here and possibly a pagan temple.

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Wow, it's in such great shape! Never heard of it before, so thanks for posting the great photos of it!

You're welcome - I had never heard of it before either. It had a new roof in the 1980's which is partly why it is in good shape.

Lovely site, lovely piccies. It hasn't got a whacking great publicity machine dating from the time of King John, that's why it's not as famous as Glastonbury.

That is true. It was a lovely evening when we went and it was very serene - well worth a visit.

Very interesting and gorgeous pictures, thanks for posting! I agree with you, it's absolutely at least as pretty or interesting as Glastonbury!

Thank you! I just wish I could have found out more about its history.

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