Rame Head Chapel, Cornwall

The origins of this little chapel standing high on its rocky headland is shrouded in mystery. It may date back to the 10th Century when the headland was owned by Tavistock Abbey – a hermitage being one possible explanation. What is certain is that it existed in its present form by 1397 and that a licence was granted for Monday Mass to be heard in 1425. It seems probable that the Chapel was originally whitewashed which would certainly have made it stand out. Major restoration occurred in 1882 but early in the 20th Century the Chapel became a ruin and it remains that today.

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