There's nothing I like better than going for a walk and stumbling across an ancient monument hidden within the greenery. I particularly love small churches and chapels, and in Dorset, I am spoilt for choice!
There was one such building in my second novel, The Book of Thoth.
Then there's St Catherine's chapel in Abbotsbury at the heart of my third novel - and work-in-progress - The Right Place - though you would be hard-pressed to call this sturdy little building "hidden", as it gloriously stands at the top of Chapel Hill, overlooking the Fleet lagoon and Chesil Beach.
This week, we paid a visit to the village of Milton Abbas, famous for its unique lay-out and the story of its construction. Also nearby and reached via a lovely woodland walk is Milton Abbey, a private school set in stunning and peaceful surroundings.
The name "St Catherine" has long been associated with chapels located on hill tops.
This particular St Catherine's chapel can be found nestled in a secluded clearing in the woods above Milton Abbey and offers lovely views of the school below. Built around 1190, most of the chapel is in Norman style, but apparently, many questions about the building have remained unanswered...
There is an intriguing carved medieval indulgence near the door...
Unfortunately, the door was locked and we couldn't have a peek inside!
Apparently it's beautiful in the autumn, there... And we'll most certainly be back in a few months to check!
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