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Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel east end

Abbotsbury, St Catherine's Chapel east end

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15537

Item number: f.109

Genre: Manuscript

Benedictine monks built St Catherine's Chapel in the 14th century high up on a hill to act as a beacon to pilgrims making their way to the abbey below. The chapel is built from local stone and, as can be seen in this picture, so too is the roof - it would have been quite a task hauling such heavy stones up this hill. Although the chapel is relatively small it does possess a striking silhouette, making it seem more monumental than it actually is.

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