Dr Kate Williams
Historian, Writer and Television Presenter
- Place of Worship
- Heath Chapel
- A perfect example of a little Norman chapel, quite alone in a field.
- Heath, Shropshire SY7 9DS
It is beautiful.
Heath Chapel is all that remains of the settlement that was once there. It was built in the twelfth century and the wonder of it is that, unlike so many of our 12th century churches, so very much of the original building remains. Although it has a new roof and floor and medieval decoration, the church feels so very ancient when you enter – going inside is the closest you will ever feel to an ordinary 12th century Shropshire person going to worship. These traces of ordinary life are very rare from so far back – which is why it must be treasured.