High on a rocky outcrop at Heysham just at the entrance to the vastness of Morecambe Bay stands a ruined chapel and a set of rock hewn graves.
The chapel is known as St Patrick's Chapel and dates from around 750AD, with Anglo Saxon connections. It is believed that St. Patrick landed here, either after being shipwrecked or just landed on his return from converting Ireland to Christianity. Either way it was around 490AD that he returned, so they took a long time in building his chapel.
The graves are hewn out of the rock and have what appear to be post holes, perhaps for crosses, at the head of each one. These graves should perhaps be called 'ossuaries' as it is believed they are for bones rather than bodies as the early Church associated bones with resurrection. The crosses, covering slabs and bones were removed long ago
Th site is now owned by the National Trust.
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