Going west – The chapel in the mists

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The chapel of Our Lady and St Non perches no more than a few yards above the steep cliffs and clear waters of the bay. Rising beyond a  bank dotted with the brilliant spires of foxgloves, it was a welcome sight on a damp morning. It is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time, though the building itself is less that a hundred years old. The tiny chapel, just twenty-five feet long and twelve feet wide, was built in 1934 by Cecil Morgan-Griffiths. He had built a house on the cliff top, close to a far more ancient site that has long been revered as a holy place and, as the nearest Catholic Church was many miles away, he built the little chapel that would become the most westerly in Wales.

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Morgan-Griffiths used stones and fragments of architectural beauty from ruined chapels in order to build his own. The holy water stoup by the open doorway as brought here from the Chapel of the Fathoms. It is all that now remains of a place wonderfully named. The pale slab of stone that forms the altar came from the chapel dedicated to St Patrick that once stood at Whitesands, where we had officially begun our weekend.

Reblogged from The Silent Eye – for more pictures and to continue reading, please click the link.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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14 Responses to Going west – The chapel in the mists

  1. simonjkyte says:

    do you know st govan’s?


  2. Leeby Geeby says:

    I’m in love with these, spirit of place accounts that you write. I’ve been catching a lot of the re-blogs from Stuart and resharing them across my G-plus communites. They have been quite popular. If you want to promote anything at all from yourself, Silent Eye, or authors or anyone for that matter, please let me know. I have also established a rapidly-growing, Shamagaia Universal Healing community in G-plus with a huge number of affiliate communities in the vein of Ancient History, Celtic, Pagan and Mystery School traditions. I also have an equally thriving audio visual branch to S.U.H on You Tube. Including my WordPress blog, these three resources, are an expanding cross-pollinating trinity, and I would be honoured to place them at your disposal.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you, Leeby, I am glad these accounts convey a little of what we feel.Some things do not translate well into words… I feel like a child, clumsily showing the ball of string rather than the kite.
      I am aware of Shamagaia on WordPress and have read some exceptional articles there. I appreciate your offer very much.

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      • Leeby Geeby says:

        You are very welcome. Thank you for your kind words. Essentially what we do is open doors for people. We can point to the door, we can describe it’s texture or design, whether it is covered heiroglyps, sacred geomantria, or mythos ect. We could even show people how to build their own. What lies beyond however, is not for us to say..


  3. Woebegone but Hopeful says:

    Beautiful picture and stirring account. So much evocative history in these isles which is being overlooked
    Along the North Wales coast, at Rhos On Sea, (Near Colwyn Bay), there is St.Trillo’s church (this may hold 6 people at a squeeze, and possible dates back to the 6th Century. I don’t know if it still the case but until recently these used to hold a service every Christmas Morning.


  4. Those rocks look very fork-ish…


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