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Latitude: 50.6616 / 50°39'41"N
Longitude: -2.6061 / 2°36'22"W
OS Eastings: 357254
OS Northings: 84836
OS Grid: SY572848
Mapcode National: GBR PT.745N
Mapcode Global: FRA 57FB.8HQ
Plus Code: 9C2VM96V+MG
Entry Name: Chapel of St Catherine
Listing Date: 26 January 1956
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1172576
English Heritage Legacy ID: 105189
Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3
Civil Parish: Abbotsbury
Traditional County: Dorset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset
Church of England Parish: Abbotsbury St Nicholas
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
SY 58 SE ABBOTSBURY ST CATHERINE'S HILL
5/70 CHAPEL OF ST CATHERINE
Chapel on hill-top. c 1400, repaired in 1742 and late C19. Dressed stone walls,
much weathered. Buttresses set back at corners and at bay divisions with 2 pairs
of set-offs, pedestal tops and crenellated cornices. Octagonal newel-stair
projects at the north-west corner, and is buttressed only to parapet string.
Openings to parapet walls and for top light. Tall parapet wall with 3 segmental
openings at foot of each bay for rainwater. Stone slab roof, recently (1983)
renewed in Clipsham stone. Single-cell rectangle with axial porches to north and
south. East window is of 3 cinquefoiled lights with vertical tracery in a two-
centred head. Label with returned stops. The second bays in the north and south
walls, each have a 2-light window with two-centred head, both repaired. Both
porches have steeply-pitched stone slab roofs, diagonal buttresses, and 2-centred
doorways with moulded jambs. Ribbed pointed-barrel roofs to porches.
Interior: pointed, barrel vault of stone, springing from moulded cornices, and
divided into 8 main bays by moulded ribs. Each bay has 2 ranges of 3 panels with
cinquefoiled heads. Basses are carved with foliage, 2 figure-subjects, a beast
and a man's head. East wall has 4 image brackets. South wall has a piscina with
trefoiled head and cinquefoil drain of leaf form. North west newel-stair to roof
and tiny chapel in the head of the stair-turret. This retains one of a pair of
stone supports for its altar slab, and has an ornate ceiling (partly reconstructed)
supported by a central column with a richly carved capital.
Scheduled Ancient Monument
(RCHM Dorset I, p 3 (2).)
Listing NGR: SY5725684836
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