The Chapel of St Mary & MacMillan’s Cross, Kilmory Knap, Loch Sween, Scotland

Kilmore Knap Chapel, St Mary’s on the shore of Loch Sween.  We visited back in 2016 and I did think I had posted about the chapel, but it would seem I did not.  Still, l think this peaceful tranquil place, will not have changed since I took my photos.  Kilmory Knap Chapel was probably built in the early 1200’s and it seems to have remained largely unaltered until it ceased to be used following the Reformation.

Following the Reformation the chapel, by now roofless, found use as a burial enclosure. It was re-roofed in 1934 to provide a shelter for the carved stones found within the chapel and churchyard, and is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

I wasn’t quite expecting the amount of wonderful tomb slabs that I found on entering the chapel, they are amazing well preserved.  

The far end of the chapel is dominated by the beautiful MacMillan’s Cross, carved for Alexander MacMillan, who through marriage became keeper of Castle Sween in the 1450s. The original base of the cross can be seen in the churchyard outside, but given how crisp the carving is, it is difficult to believe it was ever exposed to the elements. It was moved into the chapel in 1981.




Sunshine In Lyme Regis, Dorset

Having heard the weather forecast for the UK today, it sent shivers down my spine, more cold weather to come.  Earlier while looking through some photos, I found a bunch of photos, that I took of Lyme Regis in Dorset, taken on the 4th of March 2016…….somehow I have a feeling that this March 2018, is going to be a little different, I do hope I am wrong, but somehow I think an extra thermal vest will be required 🙂

Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon

Killerton House in Broadclyst near Exeter in Devon is a lovely 18th century Georgian House that we visited in 2016.  I have already posted about the trees in the garden and recently about the chapel, now its the turn of the house……a little late, but I doubt it has changed much.  This is really a visual tour, I have added some details in between the interior photos and the exterior ones.  We did enjoy our visit to this National Trust House and I am just so pleased, that for the last few years you are allow to take flash free photos, so thank you NT.

A little about the house……Killerton is an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which, with its hillside garden and estate, has been owned by the National Trust since 1944 and is open to the public. The National Trust displays the house as a comfortable home. 

The estate covers some 2590 hectares (25.9 km2, 6400 acres).  Included in the Estate is a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it, also known as Dolbury which has also yielded evidence of Roman occupation, thought to be a possible fort or marching camp within the Hill fort.

Killerton House itself and the Bear’s Hut summerhouse in the grounds are Grade II* listed buildings.  The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.


A Monochrome Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Southern Germany

On of my favourite places, Landsberg am Lech, in Bavaria, Southern Germany.  I have taken numerous amounts of photos of this enchanting town, lots of which I have posted before, so this time they have had the mono treatment.  I am just experimenting with them, as the shapes of the buildings seem to lend themselves to black and white . 

St Mary’s Abbey, York, Yorkshire

On one of the trips we made to Yorkshire in 2017, we actually went to have a look at the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.  Normally after exploring the city, or more like, fight your way around York, on the way back to the train or car park, you say to yourself, oh we will look next time.  So this time we looked first, the abbey is in the museum gardens and luckily the sun was shining for February   We still have to visit the Museum next to the abbey, as its full of lovely interesting items and to explore the gardens further, oh well something to see next time.

A little history……..St Mary’s Abbey in York was a great institution which sat opposite and mirrored the city’s cathedral for some 350 years.  Its story ties together two of the most important events in English history.  It was begun by William the Conqueror to reinforce his hold on the north after 1066 and ended by Henry the Eighth as a consequence of his Reformation of the church.  In its day it was the wealthiest abbey in the north and one of the richest in the country.  The abbey’s economic power and privileges brought benefits to the city but were also a source of conflict.  Its monks provided charity but were sometimes derided for their lifestyles.

After the abbey fell victim to Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries 1539.  Its riches were confiscated and the building taken part, then left to collapse,  The ruins of the church today still give a sense of its scale and grandeur.

The museum stands in Museum Gardens, immediately beside the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.

The Multangular Tower is the western corner tower of the Roman fortress, and consists of both Roman and medieval architecture.

The Hospitium is located between the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey Church and the River Ouse and is thought to have originally been a guest house for visitors to the abbey of low social rank, or possibly a barn. It was originally part of a group of buildings in the abbey grounds that included a brew-house, stables, mill and, near the main gate, a boarding school with 50 pupils. The oldest parts of the ground floor were built around 1300, but the upper storey has been extensively restored in modern times. The ruined gateway at the side dates back to the 15th century, and was probably the entrance to a passage that ran towards the water-gate by the river.






Isle of Skye, Scotland, Road Trip – Part 2


Oh dear, a little late with this post, only about a year, so not too bad for me.  This is part 2 of our road trip around the Isle of Skye, Scotland in 2017, and finishing on the main land, which we do each year.  As we are going again at the start of May, I thought I had better finish this trip before we embark on the next one.  Each year we find something different and it’s really just a visual trip to enjoy the beautiful Isle of Skye.  

Killerton Chapel, Killerton House, Devon


On a visit to Devon in 2016 we visited Killerton House, and in the grounds we found a Neo-Norman style chapel.  Its quite a large building and just seems to rear up from the ground, I wasn’t too sure what we would find inside, but it turned out to be quite interesting.   I have added some history about the chapel.  


A little history………In 1841, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland commissioned architect C.R.Cockrell to design the chapel you see today, as the chapel used previously at Columb John was inconveniently distant in poor weather.   C.R.Cockrell was renowned for his classical style, but reluctantly agreed to copy the Norman chapel of St Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury.  Cockrell and Sir Acland bickered often about the design and the construction.  The interior of the chapel is unusual for an English church, as serried ranks of seating face each other across the aisle rather than facing the altar. The congregation could all see each other; the Aclands, their guests, their senior servants, their lower servants, their estate workers and tenants.