The History of St Catherines Chapel
It is quite easy to miss St Catherine's Chapel as you drive along the A5147. Even if you stop for a drink at The Scotch Piper, right next door, you may still be unaware of the sacred ruin and its few scattered graves. However, tucked away in the trees, only a few yards away lie the remains of a family chapel.
The chapel, known locally as Lydiate Abbey, was built around the 1500s for the Ireland family, Lawrence Ireland and his wife Catherine Blundell. The Ireland family held the Lydiate lordship from 1410 to 1673, and the chapel was used for their private worship. It is believed it was abandoned in 1550 when practising the Catholic religion was prohibited following Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. The graveyard on the grounds was used until the late 1800s.