"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

St Govans Chapel, Pembrokeshire

St Govans Chapel. 269mm x 180mm. Reduction Linocut.

This small chapel nestles, sheltered at the foot of the cliffs on a ledge above the sea (just off to the left of the picture). It is reached from the cliff top by a long flight of steps which wind down the cliff face. This is one of my favourite places along the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Although traditionally regarded as being of Dark Age origin, the existing building is unlikely to be earlier than the 13th Century. There is a little spring beside the entrance which is said never to flow over the chapel floor, from which the healing waters were scooped out and drunk from a limpet shell.


Keith Tilley said...

What a spectacular location, which comes across well in the linocut.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Keith

Yes, it is a spectacular location, the seascapes along this length of coast are stunning.