Sitting atop the outstanding headland at Heysham are the historic ruins of the Grade I listed St Patrick's Chapel and alongside stone-cut graves. These are one of the oldest Christian monuments in the North-west, dating from 700AD when they were built, it is believed to encourage the act of religious pilgrimage.
Built from sandstone blocks, the small chapel measures approximately 8 meters by 3 meters. Stone tiles in 1903 were used to consolidate the ruins.
The two most prominent architectural features of the chapel are the surviving south doorway and two unique sets of graves hewn into this solid sandstone headland.
This is a National Trust property.
Unique and distinctive the door head is an archway formed from a curved stone arch decorated with deep grooves. The Anglo-Saxon style doorway looks out over stunning bay views, and provides visitors to the chapel with an ideal photo opportunity.
Also forming part of this scheduled ancient monument are eight stone-cut graves believed to pre-dated the conquest (10th and 11th centuries). Two graves are straight-sided and four are body shaped, though they are generally considered too small for use as graves and more likely used for bones. Several of the graves have sockets cut into the rock, thought to be for wooden crosses.
Dogs are welcome, though please keep these under control and clean up after them. Further along the headland (The Barrows) dogs can be let off the lead and there is ample grassland and gorse hillside.
There are no toilet facilities.
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