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|Description ||Roche is famous for its ancient chapel built on top of a really huge natural outcrop of rock.|
According to my old Shell Book of Exploring Britain it was dedicated in 1409 to St Michael. Legend has it that when it was first built a cell was hollowed out of the solid granite to act as a sort of basement where a priest lived. This cell became known as the Hermit's Cell for a good reason. Long after the chapel was built and consecrated the last member of a local family of landowners called Tregarrick, fell sick with leprosy and holed himself up here to avoid spreading the disease. His daughter Gundred, later to be canonised, visited him every day with food and water, and after he died, inhabited the cell herself, lest she should also spread the leprosy to others.
You can climb up into it via a steep iron-runged ladder, but it was so dizzying, I 'passed' this time! (I did in the 1970s when we lived in Cornwall). Right next to the chapel's rock are outcrops of tall pinnacles, not unlike a stone circle.
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