MHG877 - Chapel, Achscoriclate

Summary

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Type and Period (1)

  • CHAPEL (Early Medieval to 19th Century - 561 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(ND 0814 4428) St Bridget's Chapel (NR) (rems of)
(ND 0810 4434) Well (NR)
OS 6" map, (1962)

A structureless heap of stones is said to be ruins of of Chapel of St Bridget. It is situated about 100 yds NE of Achscoraclate. A short distance NNW of ruins is a so-called holy well, still in use.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

At this site is a large mound of earth and stones, some 0.7m high, on top of which are a number of large stones set on edge. The stones appear to outline a rectangular structure with a rounded W end, measuring 10.6m E-W by 7.5m transversely. Within this setting is a mutilated area with several large stones scattered about. The well is about 80m NNW of this; it is still in use.
Visited by OS (W D J) 15 April 1961.

The supposed remains of St Bridget's Chapel are as described by previous field investigator. The structure surmounting mound cannot be identified as a chapel; those stones which are exposed and in situ are not typical of such a structure being in most cases set on edge, neither do they conform to any known, recognisable pattern. No historical evidence is obtainable in local libraries; the nearby croft of Achscoriclate is deserted and no one could be found in locality with a knowledge of area.
The well is as described, and usable.
Revised at 1:10560. Visited by OS (N K B) 28 April 1982.


George Watson, Caithness Chapel Sites (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3470.


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 47, No. 168 (Text/Report). SHG2664.


Myatt, L J, 1975, 'The early ecclesiastical remains of Halkirk Parish', Caithness Fld Club Bulletin Vol. 1 April 1975, p.55-61, 55, 56 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1654.

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Location

Grid reference Centred ND 0813 4428 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND04SE
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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