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St Patrick's Chapel, Heysham

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Churches Together of Fulwood & Broughton
Pilgrimage - September 1st 2001


Heysham is an ancient village on the shores of Morecambe Bay. Legend has it that St Patrick was shipwrecked here when coming to convert the north of England to Christianity.

(Below)
After coffee in the parish centre the group gathered for a service in the church of St Patrick led by the curate.
left side of the church - 29k The pilgrims nearly filled the church. right side of the church - 27k
View through a window - 14k View of the Bay - 17k ?Bishop's stone - 9k

(Below)
Fr Bernard measures the size of a mediaeval door and finds out that in times of plague people put
their offerings in a pot of vinegar! (The pot is upside down)

Fr Bernard - 21k stone pot

 

The ancient stone buildings on the headland are thought by some to be the remains of a monastery. One may well have been
a very small chapel but it seems an inhospitable place for settlement. Perhaps it was a suitable landing place and these are the
remains of a hospice for travellers. It certainly became a burial ground as there is evidence of many ancient graves.

A group of pilgrims walking back through the village. The church and the ruins on the headland are just behind the trees in the distance.

The trip continued with a long stay in Morecambe and concluded with a splendid tea in Grange-over-Sands at a Methodist holiday centre on the other side of the bay.

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