Monday, 14 October 2019
Looe Island and St. Michael of Lammana Chapel, Cornwall
I had hoped to visit Looe Island, also referred to as St. George's Island, off the coast of Looe, Cornwall but unfortunately the boat wasn't running - I know I should have checked!
One of the reasons I wanted to see the island was because of the story that Jesus made visits here as a child.
There are various tales that Jesus visited Cornwall. I have written previously in a post titled Did Jesus Visit Cornwall? about how he may have travelled to the county with Joseph of Arimathea on trading missions for various metals found in Cornwall.
When Joseph carried out his business local to Looe, the story is that Jesus stayed on Looe Island.
Looe Island is pictured in the photo above and below.
Some say that the island was also once called Lammana. In 1085 a small chapel was built on the island. It is thought that this was a monks' church or settlement. The island became a priory of Glastonbury and remained so until 1239.
On the coastal path opposite the island there is a sign post which points to 'Lammana Chapel Celtic Site' - so I headed uphill to see what was left of the chapel.
There isn't a lot to see but I discovered that the chapel was shown to be St.Michael of Lammana. This pleased me being a Michael!
The chapel was built in the 12th century and then destroyed in the Reformation in 1548.
The drawing below shows how the chapel of St. Michael of Lammana would have looked in the 1200s.
It is thought that pilgrims heading to the island - especially when the weather was bad - may have stopped of at this mainland chapel prior to making the crossing to the island.
From the high ground where the chapel is positioned the views are lovely. Who knows, perhaps Jesus walked these paths.
Information on getting to the island by boat can be found on the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website.
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