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Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel north window

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel north window

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.108

Genre: Manuscript

St Catherine's Chapel stands high on a hilltop overlooking the village below. Built in the 14th century by the Benedictine monks from the abbey nearby, it acted as a landmark to both pilgrims making their way to the abbey and to ships far out along the coast. Unmarried women from the surrounding areas would come to pray for a husband here as St Catherine was the patron saint of philosophers, virgins and the unwedded.

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