To be honest it wasn’t until I returned home that I discovered that this site may have prehistoric origins.
In saying that it would seem an obvious site as the hill dominates the immediate surrounding area.
There is a fence which runs around the perimeter of the ‘mound’ which presumably is there to keep the sheep out of the chapel.
The chapel is still used for the occasional service and is worth a look around.
It was a lovely sunny day; breezy but blue skies.
Dafydd is learning about autumn in school and has to do a little project.
On the way up the hill we found some red berries and various leaves of red, yellow and brown.
He was happy and so was I.
Stunnings views from Chapel Hill, and great sandwiches from the village, cheap baggettes, someone should tell them what they are charging in the city !
There was a couple having a right barney up top who negotiated around the summit, avoiding us and each other with arms crossed and pouty stares out to sea. Hope they made it up. We have happy memories they'll probably never go anyhere near Abbotsbury or Dorset again (she wanted to go home regardless of how they'd paid for the Hotel - earwigging's great)
"This chapel is built on a definite platform which could have been made originally for the pagan temple. But the chapel we see today was built in the expansionist 1300's. Wessex first became Christian around 800. It seems unlikely that a pagan temple could still be active 500 years after the conversion of Wessex to Christianity, so today's building presumably replaced an earlier Christian structure.
It would be interesting to try to guess the original pagan dedication. We suspect that Abbotsbury was the site of a Roman villa, if only because it is one of a small number of sites in Dorset - indeed in Britain - that are very fertile and have easy access to navigable water; in this case, the Fleet, a 10 mile stretch of semi-tidal water that runs behind the Chesil beach from Portland harbour. The Roman Army in Britain depended heavily on sea borne transport for its supplies, so Abbotsbury might have been a military farm providing grain for the garrisons at Exeter, Chester, Dover and Colchester. It is possible that the visible foundations of the medieval mill in the village are Roman. The Fleet is famous today as the home of a herd of swans who used to belong to the Abbey (a swan is theologically a fish and can be eaten on Friday). They are known to have lived here for at least 600 years."