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Achscoriclate, St Bridget's Chapel

Chapel (Medieval)(Possible), Holy Well (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Achscoriclate, St Bridget's Chapel

Classification Chapel (Medieval)(Possible), Holy Well (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 7611

Site Number ND04SE 6

NGR ND 0814 4428

NGR Description ND 0814 4428 and ND 0810 4434

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Halkirk
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND04SE 6 0814 4428 and 0810 4434

(ND 0814 4428) St Bridget's Chapel (NR) (rems of)

(ND 0810 4434) Well (NR)

OS 6" map, (1962)

A structureless heap of stones is said to be the ruins of of the Chapel of St Bridget. It is situated about 100 yds NE of Achscoraclate. A short distance NNW of the ruins is a so-called holy well, still in use.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

At this site is a large mound of earth and stones, some 0.7m high, on top of which are a number of large stones set on edge. The stones appear to outline a rectangular structure with a rounded W end, measuring 10.6m E-W by 7.5m transversely. Within this setting is a mutilated area with several large stones scattered about. The well is about 80m NNW of this; it is still in use.

Visited by OS (WDJ), 15 April 1961.

The supposed remains of St Bridget's Chapel are as described by the previous field investigator. The structure surmounting the mound cannot be identified as a chapel; those stones which are exposed and in situ are not typical of such a structure being in most cases set on edge, neither do they conform to any known, recognisable pattern. No historical evidence is obtainable in local libraries; the nearby croft of Achscoriclate is deserted and no one could be found in the locality with a knowledge of the area.

The well is as described, and usable.

Revised at 1:10560.

Visited by OS (NKB), 28 April 1982.


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