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Dale Abbey Chapel

By Misty56    
This tiny church, or perhaps more properly, chapel, measures some 25ft by 26 ft, and is just larger than Stockwood in Dorset and Culbone in Somerset in that it has an aisle as well as a nave.

It is attached to another building, a gabled Tudor house, as seen in the above two pictures (1 & 2). This house was once the Infirmary of Dale Abbey, together with its attached chapel. Following the Dissolution the infirmary eventually became the Blue Bell Inn, then a farmhouse, and now it is just a private house, the land and buildings having been sold away.

When an Inn, it is believed taht the clergy used to dress in the Bar, and entered the chapel through a now blocked doorway. Before that, in the time of the Abbey, when the sick attended service they would enter the chapel using the outside staircase (3), and thence into the upper gallery.

Tags: Derbyshire Tiny Chapel Tudor house Landscape and travel Dale abbey

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saeidNL 10 3 Netherlands
17 May 2013 10:11PM
Very well composed and taken image.very well done,

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