Chapel door

This door belongs to the Chapel of St Edmund of Abingdon. Originally established as a cemetery for the poor with its own tiny chapel by the monks of the Priory of St Martin, it may be the smallest church in England being 28 feet long and 14 feet wide. It is built of 2 feet thick masonry and was first consecrated in March 1253.

The chapel is tucked away hidden from view behind the shops in Biggin Street, Dover. It served as a place of pilgrimage through the centuries until 1544 when in common with other religious establishments it had to be surrendered to Henry VIII. Over the years it was used as a Navy victualling store, a store house for shops and was even turned into a two storey house and forge in the 19th century. Buildings started to crowd the chapel and hide it from view. In 1943 the houses were destroyed by cross Channel guns but the Chapel was practically unharmed and once again visible. It was saved from demolition by a Roman Catholic priest who purchased it in 1965 and it was subsequently restored.

Mass is held on Saturdays and it is open for the use by all Christian denominations.

Love the textures and lighting!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Sue
What an interesting history it has
posted December 12th, 2017  
Amazing clarity and detailed shot...Fav
posted December 12th, 2017  
If I could Fav it twice, I would. A lovely shot, and a great narrative. I might just have to get down there for Mass on a Saturday!
posted December 12th, 2017  
I love the lighting and golden tones.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Great capture of this beautiful entrance and door.
(Gladly I `ve a second( first) hobby I`ve/can only do indoors)
posted December 12th, 2017  
Sorry for confusing you on get pushed vote thread xx
Love this doorway!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Lee
The two things i'm always drawn to for some reason, wood and stone. Nice shot.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Good to know that this chapel survives all its past! Love to see the whole church if possible!
posted December 12th, 2017  
@30pics4jackiesdiamond My fault, I'm easily confused!
posted December 12th, 2017  
bep
Beautiful shot, interesting narrative.
posted December 12th, 2017  
What a lovely photograph! I never knew all that about its history!
posted December 12th, 2017  
Love doors and this one does not disappoint. Lighting is beautiful as well.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Pretty light and shadow...cool very well made old door. Fav.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Nice pic
posted December 12th, 2017  
Beautiful light and textures.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Beautiful old door - love the shadows and lighting.
posted December 12th, 2017  
What a fascinating history. I love the shape and sturdiness of this door.
posted December 12th, 2017  
Fabulous history, thank goodness it was saved from demolition. Beautiful stonework, all in all, a gorgeous shot
posted December 12th, 2017  
Thanks for the history a lovelycapture textures and lighting
posted December 13th, 2017  
My goodness what a history. It's lucky to be there. I like the old wood and stone structure.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Great light on that awesome door. Thanks for the history that goes with your great image.
posted December 13th, 2017  
It's a beautiful door and shot.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Beautiful mellow lighting :)
posted December 13th, 2017  
Great shot, I love the light on the stone and wood. Interesting history too :)
posted December 13th, 2017  
I have a passion for interesting doors and this one is lovely, plus a wonderfully interesting history to go with it.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Ancient stone structure with a wooden door... such a good combinationI I may have a shot of an even older church with, I think, a 7th century date of the keystone above the door, just over the Menai bridge. I'm hoping the film comes back today
posted December 13th, 2017  
nice ...
posted December 13th, 2017  
@yrhenwr Look forward to seeing it!
posted December 13th, 2017  
Great lighting and textures, a super capture. Fav! 😀
posted December 13th, 2017  
@fbailey I received the film and scan about an hour ago, hurriedly processed it and here it is: https://365project.org/yrhenwr/365/2017-12-13
Founded AD 630 but built in the 15th century so yours is much older!
posted December 13th, 2017  
@yrhenwr Thanks v much for the link, that looks really interesting. Have you a picture of the main door mentioned in the history?
posted December 13th, 2017  
@yrhenwr Will try to get a picture of the outside of St Edmund's when the weather is not raining solidly.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Wonderful door! Great lighting and textures here!
posted December 13th, 2017  
Beautiful door! love the lighting.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Lovely capture and really interesting narrative. 🙂
posted December 13th, 2017  
Great shot and light.
posted December 14th, 2017  
Cool!
posted December 15th, 2017  
Great history information and I love the door. The lighting in this really is effective.
posted December 16th, 2017  
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