St Catherine's Chapel

6 Mar 2003
St Catherine's Chapel, St Catherine's Hill, Abbotsbury, West Dorset, Dorset
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


5/70 St Catherine's Chapel 26.1.56 GV I

Chapel on hill-top. c 1400, repaired in 1742 and late C19. Dressed stone walls, much weathered. Buttresses set back at corners and at bay divisions with 2 pairs of set-offs, pedestal tops and crenellated cornices. Octagonal newel-stair projects at the north-west corner, and is buttressed only to parapet string.

Openings to parapet walls and for top light. Tall parapet wall with 3 segmental openings at foot of each bay for rainwater. Stone slab roof, recently (1983) renewed in Clipsham stone. Single-cell rectangle with axial porches to north and south. East window is of 3 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a two- centred head. Label with returned stops. The second bays in the north and south walls, each have a 2-light window with two-centred head, both repaired. Both porches have steeply-pitched stone slab roofs, diagonal buttresses, and 2-centred doorways with moulded jambs. Ribbed pointed-barrel roofs to porches.

Interior: pointed, barrel vault of stone, springing from moulded cornices, and divided into 8 main bays by moulded ribs. Each bay has 2 ranges of 3 panels with cinquefoiled heads. Basses are carved with foliage, 2 figure-subjects, a beast and a man's head. East wall has 4 image brackets. South wall has a piscina with trefoiled head and cinquefoil drain of leaf form. North west newel-stair to roof and tiny chapel in the head of the stair-turret. This retains one of a pair of stone supports for its altar slab, and has an ornate ceiling (partly reconstructed) supported by a central column with a richly carved capital.

Scheduled Ancient Monument (RCHM Dorset I, p 3 (2).)

Listing NGR: SY5725684836


This is part of the Series: IOE01/1766 IOE Records taken by Andrew Salmon; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Rev Andrew Salmon. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Salmon, Andrew

Rights Holder: Salmon, Andrew


Lincolnshire Limestone, Stone, Medieval Chapel, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Place Of Worship