East Lulworth (Chapel of St Mary)

St Mary's Chapel (Roman Catholic) was built by John Tasker in 1786-87, and can be found in the grounds of Lulworth Castle. Most accounts of the chapel's origins retell the story that King George III gave Thomas Weld permission to build a Catholic church, but only on condition that it should not look like a church. It is supposed to have been the first free-standing Roman Catholic chapel built in England since the Reformation.


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