St Peter & St Patrick


Location; On the Irish Sea coast, south of Morecambe.

Description; The chapel of St Patrick lies on a rocky outcrop above the church of St Peter. It dates from the 8th century. The surviving work includes the south door with Escomb fashion side alternating Quoins. The jamb shows that a door opened to the inside. Just visible in the same wall is the left hand edge and sill of a window, the rest having been lost.

Below the chapel are some unique rock-cut graves. The dating is uncertain but they are Anglo Saxon. Above each is a socket for a headstone. They may even predate the chapel and may be evidence of some important burial to which others wished to be associated.

It is therefore tempting to connect this chapel to St Patrick, there is good cause to believe he came from up the coast in the environs of Carlisle, but the date is too late.


The chapel is the oldest building of this period in Lancashire and this view from the east shows how remarkable it is that it has remained at all, perched as it is on the shoreline of Morecambe Bay.

Below the chapel, which can be seen at the top left of this picture, lies the Parish Church of St Peter. The nave of the building dates from around the same time as the chapel but is now almost encased in later work.








However, the west wall is completely original and thus shows the 8th century entrance door, with it's Escomb fashion jambs and arch. It can also be seen from the inside, the blocking forming a flush finish. The church also contains one of the best examples of a Viking Hogsback grave marker.









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Photographs by the author.