St. Mary's church

Angle, United Kingdom

St. Mary's church is thought to have been built in the thirteenth century with the tower added in the fifteenth century. The church's grounds include a number of graves of victims of the Japanese ship Hirano Maru that was torpedoed locally during World War I; the memorial was re-dedicated in 2018. The church contains memorials to the Mirehouse family of The Hall, Angle, as well as ancient monuments to the families of Ferrers and Dawes of Bangeston.

The Sailors' Chapel, a Grade I listed building dedicated to St. Anthony, is in the church graveyard. Beneath the chapel is a crypt where, until the early twentieth century, many anonymous seamen's bodies found on the coastline were readied for burial.

The chapel is a small, single-cell vaulted building above a raised and vaulted crypt. It was founded in the 15th century (1447) by Edward de Shirburn a 'knight of Nangle'. It was restored in 1853, again by Elizabeth Mirehouse in 1862, and rededicated in 1929. Originally a receiving place, or charnel-house, for the corpses of drowned sailors, it became a chapel of rest in the 20th century.

Constructed of coarse masonry under a modern tiled roof with a Celtic cross finial, the chapel has Victorian stained glass windows, one of which depicts the miracle of Christ walking upon the sea. There is a stone altar.



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B4320 10, Angle, United Kingdom
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom


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Richard Whiteman (5 years ago)
Roy Gray (5 years ago)
Shame the War graves are overgrown
Scott Rimington (5 years ago)
Robert Jones (5 years ago)
Village church, interesting. Unfortunately there for a funeral service
Sue Jackson (5 years ago)
Amazing. Interesting graves of sailors from previous centuries.
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