Not really a day out: more of a gentle excursion to explore more of our local history. We are rich not only in Roman antiquities and medieval wool trade towns, but also Saxon relics — including Odda’s Chapel, built in 1056. Reading up before our jaunt was so much fun: English Heritage, Wikipedia, Early British Kingdoms, Sacred Destinations (fantastic photos here), and even a local holiday cottage all have wonderful pages about the chapel.
But before I go on I should say: calm down. My last day out was a bit of a wild ride. Odda’s Chapel is instead an oasis of calm and peacefulness. After a long week of — well, let’s just say a long week — even looking at the photos is like a meditation on calm. Breathe in — breathe out — and join me for a short walk.
I’ve been warned about these. We paid!
It’s a good thing the gate is so clear about where it is located:
And look — there’s another house attached to the chapel. (Read one of the histories for more information — the chapel was lost to history for hundreds of years and turned into a several forms of human dwelling.)
View from the corner across from the entry.
The Chapel is kept impeccably tidy and neat — a testament to the English Heritage system.
Even some delicate graffiti. (Of course, this made me think of Quake, probably not the artist’s intention.)
What a satisfying visit. No crowds, no souvenir shops, no loud signs or even a gatekeeper to watch — just immediate communion with the spirit of the place and whatever remains of the Saxon kings and people who lived and worshipped here.