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Keeill Vreeshey, St Bridgets Chapel

Period: Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 233170

NGR Northing: 480140

Description: Medieval chapel and burial ground. The site lies within a small modern enclosure in a cultivated field which has borne the names ‘Chapel Field’, ‘Garey Keeil Vreeshey’ and ‘the Breesh’. It was investigated by the Manx Archaeological Survey in 1908.

The Survey found that the chapel measured 4.8 by 2.9m, with walls averaging 0.9m in thickness and standing 1.5m high internally. The surrounding enclosure is higher than the floor of the chapel and collapsed, turf-covered masonry obscures the outer faces of the walls to a depth of 0.6m, and spreads outwards for about 1m; the weight of collapsed material has pushed the walls slightly inwards.

A narrow door is located at the west end of the south wall, and the cills of both a south window (at the east end of the south wall) and an east window survive. The Survey found remains of an altar, though no trace can now be seen. Behind the altar a niche was found in the east gable, which is likely to have served as a reliquary.

At the time of the Survey, the surrounding oval enclosure was in places defined by a 1.5m wide bank and measured 15 by 10m internally. Burials had reportedly been found beyond the enclosure, suggesting that the cemetery had once been more extensive than was then apparent. The Survey also found evidence of burial close to the southern wall of the chapel.

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Site & Monument Type: Keeill

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: 0734.00

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