St. Nicholas Chapel

St Nicholas Chapel
The Pier
EX34 9EQ

Admission Free

Set on top of a small steep hill, St. Nicholas Chapel Dates back to 1321 when the chapel was built as a place of worship for the people of Ilfracombe who lived and worked around the harbour. In the middle ages the chapel maintained a light to guide shipping into the harbour and is still a working lighthouse today and is said to be the oldest in the country. In 1540 Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and St Nicholas ceased to be a chapel. The chapel has been used as a summer reading room, but became neglected until 1962 when it was restored by the Rotarians of the town. The old porch has been transformed into a small chancel and occasional services are held there. The chapel is maintained by Ilfracombe Rotary Club and run by volunteers. Any donations made go to charity.


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