no history can currently be found about this chapel but there
is an old legend that a nun once used to live there with some
children. The story goes that, for some reason, she hanged
the children and then herself on the tree just next to the
small outer building (photo below).
To date we have only ever found one paranormal story attributed
to the chapel, and it was at GhostPlace.com (link to the thread
at the bottom of this page). According to the poster (who
also gave the legend written above) he and some friends went
and visited the chapel on 22nd September, 2004 (somehow getting
inside) with the intention that nothing was going to happen
when they suddenly heard footsteps on the wooden beams inside
the chapel with them. They thought that someone was outside
and went to look only to find nobody. Upon their return they
heard the footsteps again and so the poster got up onto one
and walked across it. The footsteps heard then sounded, according
to all who heard them, identical to what was heard before.
One of the party also reported that she could hear someone
talking to her but the others couldn't hear anything. Sadly
nothing about what was being said was said.
The chapel is hidden in what is known as 'Chapel Woods' but
is surprisingly easy to get too. Nobody knew that there was
a chapel in this area until recently, so we had to have a
look. The views from the place were stunning as you'll see
This is the pathway to walk down from Barton Road. Keep walking
down here until you reach this tree...
When you reach this tree bear left down the path shown in
the photo. You'll be able to recognise the tree because if
you look at the base...
...You'll see this plaque embedded in the tree itself.
This is the chapel itself, situated on the side of the hill.
This is looking up the sidewall and the main window.
On top of the roof the Cross is in place standing proud.
This is the other side of the chapel. Unfortunately it has
been the victim of grafitti artists.
This is the small outbuilding just away from the chapel. Its
design is much, much later than the Chapel and may be Victorian,
although that's an educated guess. According to the legend
it was from a tree beside this building that the nun hanged
This is the entrance to the Chapel. Again, grafitti artists
have sadly left their mark.
And this is the doorway, solidly locked up making it impossible
to gain entrance.
This is inside the chapel and shows the wooden supports inside
that're holding the building up.
This is the view from the Chapel entrance. It overlooks Torquay
and Paignton with Brixham visible from the horizon.
to Get There
to the area shown on the map is pretty easy so I won't elaborate
on that. Go up on Old Woods Hill and at the roundabout turn
right onto Barton Road. Then, just before you reach 'St. Michaels
Road', there's a small path running behind a row of houses
(entrance shown on the photo above and location indicated
below with the blue circle). Walk down there until you reach
the woods. In front of you should be a tree with a small plaque
at its base (again, there's a photo of this above). Bear left
from here and just keep walking down the path until you reach
the chapel. You can't miss it.
Woods - GhostPlace.com - The forum posting about
somebodys experience at the chapel.