Sunday 26 August 2012: The tiny chapel
We went for a favourite walk to St Aldhelms Chapel this morning. It is perched right on the cliff at Worth Matravers next to the Coastguard's hut
It is said that in 1140 a bride and groom were sailing around the headland watched by the bride's father. A storm suddenly arose, the boat capsized and both were drowned. The desolate father is said to have built the chapel to their memory; and a light was always to be kept burning to warn other sailors.
It has also been known as the wishing chapel as in the main pillar you can see lots of slits where many years ago young girls posted hairpins and wished for a husband of their choice.
It is a beautiful spot and if you visit in early summer you can see the swallows flying in and out building their nests up in the vaulted roof.
What a gorgeous sunny day- our son and girlfriend have gone back to London and it seems very quiet!