Working on the ten mile project…St Mary’s chapel

August 17, 2012

I found it for you.
This lovely, lovely little chapel.

Driving the direct road you sometimes have to take a turn. You just have to, don’t you?
When a friend told me about a little chapel standing on its own in the middle of nowhere somewhere towards Chimney…or it could be Cote, but anyway…in that direction over there…isn’t that something you just have to find? I think so.

Apparently it has existed since the 12C in some form or another. Apparently it was endowed to the vicars of Bampton along with 2lb of wax/year for candles.

The chapel was granted burial rights in the 15C, baptism rights by the 16C.

It fell out of favour for some reason by 1772 and became derelict. But was repaired and renovated by 1785 and the medieval bell was rehung in the belfry.

On the way home, driving thru the village of Cote, I bought armloads of the most spectacular dahlias, fresh picked tomatoes, beans and onions.

Found Graham the village butcher and got some sausages from him.
Guess what’s for supper! All locally grown, made, sourced. I love that, don’t you?

Sunday rest? Never! Sunday race #3 (Sensing a pattern here)
And the meadow keeps meadowing along

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  • Reply Gerry Wilson August 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Years ago, when my husband and I were traveling in England, we lucked on a bed and breakfast inn called “The Vicarage” next door to just such a beautiful little chapel. (Not far from Stratford-on-Avon, if I remember correctly, a zoo of tourism, and we hadn’t booked a place to stay that night.) That place was a highlight of the trip. I have photos somewhere . . . Must find! Your photo of the dahlias and produce is a work of art. Just lovely! A treat, as always, Veronica.

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Oh how lucky, lucky that was Gerry. There are some great places to stay. I hope you do find the photo, I’d love to see it. 🙂

  • Reply Dana August 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I love, love, love the history of very old buildings, churches and homes. I would have loved to see it in person!

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2012 at 2:26 am

      Me too Dana! I’ll go around the ten miles photographing more and including the history.

  • Reply Lara Britt August 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

    You are making me itch to update my Passport. Ruins are the best.

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2012 at 2:26 am

      Lori, wouldn’t that be great! We could run the length of this country exploring ruins. 🙂

  • Reply Donna August 18, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I love finding out-of-the-way places. The old church and the grounds are lovely. What a wonderful day!

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

      It was a wonderful day Donna. There’s so much to explore within my 10 miles here in Oxfordshire that I could be at it my whole life!

  • Reply Sabra August 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Enjoyed the photos and your story. Made me want to be right there….and have dinner with you. Truly a nourishing day.

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

      Sabra, it so was! I made the sausages with the onions and some lovely tomato-fetta-basil salad…omg…so good!

  • Reply Catherine August 19, 2012 at 1:43 am

    ok that’s it – i’m starting a ten mile project – or maybe 5 mile, after all i’m much lazier than you – i sit here and realise i am so unaware of much that is around me in this countryside – you’ve inspired me – again xxx

    • Reply Veronica August 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Great! I’d love to see it! xxx

  • Reply Rebecca Barray August 20, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I love the idea of the 10 mile project! Fantastic! I think I could spent my whole life trying to explore everything within 10 miles of me!

    • Reply Veronica August 20, 2012 at 9:08 am

      It’s so true Becca! You should do it and then I could find out what your ten miles looks like. 🙂

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