Thursday, 20 November 2014

It's not what it seems

Local maps simply indicate that this building in fields near Creswell is an 'abandoned chapel'.  To my untrained eye, it looked like an old brick barn which had collapsed.  It just seems to be sleeping, somehow.

In fact, it is the remains of an ancient, twelfth-century chapel.  But there is no sign to indicate such; it is just standing on its own, away from any passing contact.  Its history seems largely lost.
I find that lack of recognition very odd.


  1. I would have thought barn too at first glance, but those windows have a very church like feel to them.

    1. You are right about the windows. From the other side of the building you can see that they have a definite lancet shape

  2. Reminds me of the old Pictish standing stones I used to see in the Highlands, similarly out in sheep pasture with no protective fencing or other recognition. Odd that such antiquities can pass unremarked by locals. (On the other hand, in many places the locals are the direct descendants of the people who built such monuments, and their attitude toward them may have been passed down since the monuments were themselves new and unremarkable.)

    Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit