Around St. Peter's Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, England
St. Peter's-on-the-wall chapel was built in the 7th Century, by the Saxons, in the gateway of a Roman fortress - hence the name. The materials from the old fortress were used in the building and, as in Colchester Castle, Roman roof tiles can be seen in the walls.
The chapel cannot be said to be an attractive building but what it lacks aesthetically it makes up for in age at over 1300 years old. This view is from the West.
This view is from the East and you can see that the chapel is surrounded by lots and lots of nothingness.
The simple interior of St. Peter's Chapel. Visitors often remark on the calmness felt in the building and the sense of awe when considering it's history and it is fortunate in that the chapel was built directy over the main gateway to the old roman fort of Othona. Having such a solid base there is no cracking and structiural damage as often occurred with ancient buildings built directly onto soil.
A view of the River Blackwater from the shore near St. Peter's Chapel. There is an obvious muddy path through the short stretch of salt marsh between the chapel and the river.
This 'beach' is made almost entirely of brocken shells from the Common Cockle.
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