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The Hidden Chapel - St. Lukes Abbotsbury

The Hidden Chapel - St. Lukes

Pick a dry day and some good walking shoes to visit this exquisite fragment of a 13c Cistercian cell and you will be handsomely rewarded. The chapel is only 32 x 18 ft., but beautifully sited in a wood above a small ravine. The building is roofless and all that remains now is the west wall, three tombs, an altar constructed from the debris and an interesting crucifix, with Christ wearing a crown. The tombs are of David and Olga Milne-Watson, who built Ashley Chase House, and a friend.

Notes - How to find the chapel

From Abbotsbury take the B3157 westwards for about 1½ miles, which leads up a steep hill. Towards the top, there is a very minor road (you come upon it rather suddenly) to the right. Take this for about ½ mile. You will come to a fork in the road with a grass verge in the middle: leave your car here. Take the left fork and follow the track for about a mile. Wonderful scenery. On the right there is a style leading into the wood, with a path beyond. This leads directly to the ruin.

 

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