St Catherine's Chapel, Abbotsbury
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
SummaryThe medieval chapel of St Catherine dominates the picturesque village of Abbotsbury from its perch on a hill high above the village. A climb to the chapel gives superb views out over The Fleet and Chesil Bank to Lyme Bay.
The ChapelSt Catherines dates from the 14th century. It was built by the monks of Abbotsbury, possibly as a beacon for pilgrims coming to worship at the abbey in the village below. The chapel survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries that destroyed the abbey, because it was so valued as a navigational beacon to sailers making the crossing of Lyme Bay.
A Husband, St Catherine,
A handsome one, St Catherine,
A rich one, St Catherine,
A nice one, St Catherine,
And soon, St Catherine.
About St Catherine's Chapel
Address: Abbotsbury, Dorset, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: half mile south of Abbotsbury
Phone: 01179 750 700
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OS: SY572 848
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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