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Monday, March 17, 2008

Barry Island - St Baroc's chapel.

This is all thats left of the Chapel.
Below is an extract from the British History site.

Barry is supposed to have derived its name from St. Baruch, a disciple of Gisalch, who was interred here in the year 700. In later times, it was in the possession of the family of Barri, one of the most distinguished members of which was Giraldus de Barri, otherwise Cambrensis, who was born at Manorbeer, in the county of Pembroke, where the remains of their castle may still be seen: some of the descendants of this family afterwards settled in Ireland, and became ennobled. Leland describes it as bearing "very good corne, grasse, and sum wood;" and says, "Ther ys no dwelling in the isle, but ther is in the midle of it a fair litle chapel of S. Barrok, wher much pilgrimage was usid."
From: 'Barry - Bettesfield', A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 68-81. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=47799. Date accessed: 17 March 2008.


  1. Gosh how interesting - I'm glad you gave the link. Your country is so rich in historical events.

  2. It looks like it is still losing some stones every year. It has a very interesting history. I love your photo too of the watchtower with the fishermen in the picture from yesterday. Lovely!

  3. It's so interesting to me how words were spelled "back in the day". They were spelled phonetically, weren't they.

  4. How sad to see the Chapel in ruins! I think you live in the most interesting place! California is a infant in comparison with the age of your country.

  5. Fabulous photos...there is so much beauty in the World. I find it so amazing as to how much of the original castle still stands, when I consider how old it is!

  6. Certaines pierres se sont-elles déplacées ici aussi? ;-)

  7. Hi Dave,
    Love the photo and thank you.
    Sadly St.Barochs holy well that was once Barry;'s lourdes visited by thousands seeking a cure has been built over by developers.
    It was grassed over by butlin's when they built their camp and the spot was always damp.
    I asked the council and local press to preserve this historical site but I was ignored.
    Such is progress


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