The small chapel at Kirkapol
Photograph of the small chapel at Kirkapol in 2001.
Courtesy of Rev. Robert Higham
The smaller and older of the two medieval chapels at Kirkapol was probably dedicated to St Brendan. It stands on a rocky knoll about 80 metres north of the larger chapel which originally served as the island’s Parish Church. Both chapels are constructed from random rubble laid in lime mortar.
The small chapel is a simple oblong in plan with gables to the east and west and measures 7 by 3.5 metres internally. The flat but uneven surface of the rock it stands on serves as the floor.
The south wall of the chapel has partially collapsed but there is still a round-arch door in the west wall. A narrow slit window in the north wall lights what would have been the altar area at the east end.
Colour photograph of one of the Kirkapol chapels.
The smaller of the two Kirkapol chapels, possibly called St Brendan`s, photographed in 2001.