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Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel f.106

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel f.106

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.106

Genre: Manuscript

This 14th-century chapel was built high up on Catherine's Hill by Benedictine monks to act as a beacon for pilgrims making their way to the abbey nearby. Due to its lofty position it has also helped to guide shipping along the rocky Dorset coast. Since St Catherine is the patron saint of unwedded women, maidens from the surrounding areas would visit here to pray for a husband.

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