St Annes Chapel has stood on the edge of town for 596 years and I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past barely noticing it. As a teenager, I even had to walk past daily to school, just around the corner. In recent years it’s been refurbished and although I didn’t go inside because I was dog walking, I could see that the courtyard looks lovely. The chapel is actually the building on the left as the back of the picture, while the white timbered buildings are alms houses. Exeter was a prosperous town as far back as the 16th century, as the biggest city in Devon it was the centre of the county’s woollen trade. Hence the chapel was named St Annes, as she is the patron saint of weavers.
Like many of the oldest buildings in Exeter, the chapel and alms houses were built from red Heavitree stone, quarried less than two miles away, close to where I grew up. Today as I peeped through the gate the winter sun was bright and casting long shadows.
That’s when I noticed the angular shapes all around the courtyard, even those shadows,
The chapel is now part of the orthodox Parish of the Holy Prophet Elias, and its website says that the parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe under the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
This is my second entry for the photo challenge of ‘Angular’ over at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/angular/