The Gloucestershire village of Deerhurst, just 9 miles from Gloucester and 2.5 miles from Tewkesbury, boasts two historic religious sites: a Saxon parish church that is still in use and Odda's Chapel, a Saxon chapel managed by English Heritage.
History of Odda's Chapel
Odda's Chapel was built in 1056 by Odda, a relative of King Edward the Confessor, in honor of his brother Aelfric. It lay neglected until the 20th century, when the plaster that had long covered the Saxon masonry was removed.
What to See at Odda's Chapel
The chapel is a simple rectangular stone building, just 40 feet long. A half-timbered cottage with two storeys clings to the east end of the building.
Odda's Chapel incorporates many typical Anglo-Saxon features, including "long-and-short" corner stones, double-splayed windows and tall proportions.
A copy of the dedicatory inscription from Odda, discovered in 1675, is on display inside the chapel. The original stone is in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
A footpath across the lane from Odda's Chapel leads across a field to the peaceful River Severn.
Quick Facts on Odda's Chapel
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- Personal visit (October 15, 2007).
- The Rough Guide to England 7 (May 2006), 376.
Map of Odda's Chapel, Deerhurst
Below is a location map and aerial view of Odda's Chapel. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.