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Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Hill and Chapel

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Hill and Chapel

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.7

Genre: Manuscript

The 14th-century chapel of St Catherine looks out over the village of Abbotsbury. The monks of the nearby Abbey built it high on the hill as a beacon to assist pilgrims on their way to the Abbey. Unmarried women from the surrounding villages were said to come and pray here for a husband. St Catherine is patron saint of virgins, philosophers and unwedded women.

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