Fisherman chapel of st-Brelade- Jersey-Channel Islands.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member lopac44
N 49° 11.035 W 002° 12.167
30U E 558095 N 5448207
Quick Description: Fisherman chapel from the 11 th century on the island of Jersey
Location: Jersey
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 1:59:28 AM
Waymark Code: WM6X2T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:
The stained-glass in the west window of the Chapel depicts St. Brendan arriving on the island and was placed there almost a hundred years ago. It was thought that the parish of St. Brelade had taken its name from the Irish missionary, however it is far more likely St. Brelade was the Welsh monk st.Branwaldr. On the site of a small 6th Century monastic church, sits the Fishermen's Chapel. Built in the 11th-12th Century, by the Bishop of Coutances. The original timber building with a clay floor was rebuilt in stone, preserving the Christian site.
For almost 300 years it remained a single cell building, until the 14th century, when it was appropriated as a chantry and burial place for a prominent family. The east wall was decorated with a painting of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, flanked by 14 kneeling figures. With its tiny Norman windows, the chapel would have been gloomy
Less than 100 years later, another family took over the chantry, refurbishing it to include bigger windows, and lowering the floor.
The chapel became associated with the fishing guilds, to which it owes its current name, in the late medieval periods. In 1550, during the Acts of Reformation, it was converted into an armoury, housing the parish cannon. So the church remained, until the mid 1800's, when arsenals were provided for the parochial Militia. From this, it became a store room, and a carpentry shop until major restoration in 1883.
Restoration has continued on this wonderful old building, culminating in 1973 when in conjunction with archaeological studies, the roof was retiled, the floor paved with granite, and period furniture crafted.
This church has been a centre of Christian worship for 1400 years
Type of building where window is located: Church

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Days of Operation: daily

Hours of Operation: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Admission Charge: Not Listed

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