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St Mary’s Chapel

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Set SATNAV to BH20 5QS

Open 10.30am-5pm

Closed on Saturdays and occasionally during the week. Please check before travelling

Mass takes place at 6 pm every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday.

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One Of The Finest Pieces Of Georgian Architecture In Dorset

The Chapel of St Mary in the grounds of Lulworth Castle is reputed to be one of the finest pieces of Georgian architecture in the county of Dorset. It was designed to look like a Classical garden building. The beautiful domed ceiling, lit through clear windows rather than stained glass, creates a tranquil and inspiring atmosphere.

In 1786 Thomas Weld engaged the architect John Tasker to build the Chapel and family tradition tells that King George III gave his permission to “build a mausoleum and you may furnish it inside as you wish”. Thus St Mary’s became the first free standing Roman Catholic Chapel to be built for public worship in England since the Reformation.

In 1789 the King and Queen Charlotte visited the Chapel and gave their approval. In 1790, John Carroll, the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States was consecrated here.

The beautiful ceiling painting, representing the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was commissioned in 1987 to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Chapel and was painted by Sarah Janson.

The Chapel is in regular use for Mass which takes place at 6 pm every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday. For further information please visit: http://newsite.purbeckcatholic.org.uk/ 

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Get Married In The Chapel

For hundreds of years, this chapel has hosted Roman Catholic wedding ceremonies for up to 220 guests. So if you're looking for an exquisite location for your wedding, get in touch.

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