St Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury

A90Six

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St Catherine’s Chapel is a small chapel situated above the village of Abbotsbury in Dorset, England. It is thought to have been built in about 1400 as a Pilgrim chapel for Abbotsbury Abbey. Its position on the top of a hill about 80 m (260 ft) high, overlooking the coast means that it was a prominent feature for seafarers.
The medieval strip lynchets etched into the side of the hill are known locally as the Chapel Rings. I liked the effect almost duplicated in the clouds.
The chapel appears briefly in the Powell and Pressburger film, The Small Back Room.
St Catherine’s Chapel has a local tradition of ‘wishing’. This involves using the niches in the chapel walls to ‘post’ prayers to the saint asking for her help. This tradition still goes on today.

St Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury, Dorset, England

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