Ruins of St Twrog's Chapel, Beachley, Gloucestershire - 26th September 2004

As soon as I spotted the small mark labelled "St Twrog's Chapel (remains of)" on the tip of this peninsula in the Severn near Beachley on the map I had to see it.  The tide was coming in so we prudently stayed off the rocks.  The chapel ruins are just visible in the centre of the photo next to the small iron tower.

Ruins of St Twrog's Chapel, Beachley, Gloucestershire - 26th September 2004 - MTC

Here is the portion of the photo showing the chapel at full resolution. The Severn road bridge carrying the M4 motorway is in the background.

Ruins of St Twrog's Chapel, Beachley, Gloucestershire - 26th September 2004 - MTC

I found the following information about this building on the internet:
"The earliest chapel in Tidenham recorded stood on a shelf of rock in the Severn at the south end of the Beachley peninsula and was accessible only at low tide. Its dedication, which appears in varying forms in medieval references, is open to doubt but the attribution to the Welsh saint Twrog seems most likely to be the correct one. The chapel presumably originated as an anchorite's cell, and its occupant may have maintained a navigation light. The chapel may have been occupied by 'the recluse of St. Nicholas' who received corn as alms from Tidenham manor in 1270 and by 'Patrick, the chaplain of St. Nicholas' who received the same alms in 1273, but the earliest direct reference to the chapel that has been found was in 1290 when a Benedictine monk was licensed to celebrate in 'the chapel of St. Tryak of Beachley' when he happened to visit it.  By the late 14th century the chapel had become institutionalized although no cure attached to it. Incumbents, sometimes described as wardens, were regularly presented and instituted and received certain profits. In 1416 the Vicar of Tidenham claimed that a portion of the profits of the chapel, worth 40s., belonged to his vicarage from antiquity. Alms were sought for the conservation of the chapel in 1405. The patronage of the chapel was exercised by the lords of Tidenham manor between 1394 and 1407, but in the later 15th century John ap Thomlyn, lord of Beachley, presented; the last recorded presentation, however, was made by the Earl of Worcester, lord of Tidenham, in 1519. In 1535 the chapel was returned as being worth nothing 'because it stands in the sea'. It was in ruins by the early 18th century, and in 1750 a proposal to rebuild it made by Ralph Allen of Prior Park was frustrated by the Lewis family who owned the site. In 1969 a small portion of a wall with a round headed arch remained."

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