A Special Place

St Peter-on-the-Wall

St Peter-on-the-Wall

This sacred site is steeped
in peace and in tranquillity,
a place to meditate,
a place to simply be.

 

 

 

 

This small stone is part of a longer poem I wrote recently about the little Chapel of St. Peter-on-the-Wall in Bradwell, Essex. It was written for a session at my Writer’s Group for which the topic was ‘A Special Place’. Although I read the longer poem at the meeting it is very much a work in progress and not yet ready for a larger audience!

Inside St Peters

Inside St Peters

The Chapel was built in 654 by St Cedd who made landfall here at the mouth of the River Blackwater when he was sent from Lindisfarne to bring Christianity to the East Saxons. The first chapel was built of wood but was soon replaced by this stone one, using stone from the old Roman Fort that had stood here previously as it would be more durable. In fact the chapel was built on foundation of the wall of the old fort – hence it’s name ‘St Peter-on-the-Wall’. It is a very special place.

You can find out more about St Peter’s on their website at: www.bradwellchapel.org.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julespaige
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 17:19:10

    Thank you for sharing this unique space and its history.

    Reply

  2. Polly
    Apr 11, 2016 @ 07:55:15

    Looks wonderful 🙂

    Reply

  3. becca givens
    Apr 11, 2016 @ 09:49:38

    Lovely!

    Reply

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