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St Andrews Chapel, in ruins - North Berwick, East Lothian

St Andrews Chapel, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

There's not a lot left of this ancient chapel, once a resting place for pilgrims to St Andrews in Fife, on the far side of the Firth of Forth.

The ferry was preferable to the long journey up to Queensferry or even Stirling to cross the River Forth into Fife.

The original wooden buildings were said to date from the 7th century before the stone version was built in the 13th century.

The main chapel collapsed in 1656 and all that's now left standing is the porch, which was later used in the 1850s as a bothy by the local Rocket Men - The Marine Rescue Service Rocket Patrol, officially - whose job was to fire rescue lines to floundering ships, with varying degrees of success.


St Andrews Chapel, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

In these photos you can see that the ground pattern of some of the walls continues over the path to the right and is cleverly shown in contrasting slabs, to indicate the full extent of the original buildings.


St Andrews Chapel, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

Another view showing the odd shape of the building, the sides not being parallel.



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