After having spent the afternoon at my sister-in-law's in Littlethorpe (see previous post), we walked back into Ripon but weren't quite ready yet to retreat to our cottage for the evening, and so I decided to show my sister the Leper Chapel. I had walked there for the first time in 2012 (see this post if you are interested), but on my own.
It was sunny and rather warm (even if the pictures look as if it wasn't), and at the cottages on the other side of the road where it said you could get the key for the chapel from, an elderly lady was sitting on a bench. She was wearing a sundress and straw hat and reading a book; a tired looking slightly overweight elderly dog was resting beneath the bench.
The lady gave us the key, and so for the first time, I set foot inside the chapel.
Part of what was originally a Roman mosaic floor, recycled for the chapel when it was built in 1115 is still there.
The chapel was originally used as both a chapel and a hospital for lepers and blind priests, who would receive clothing and shoes twice a year, and food and ale every day.
It was peaceful and quiet, we were the only visitors that late afternoon, and took our time to look at everything and read the information provided on leaflets.
Back out into the sun, and home to our pretty cottage, we ended the first full day of our holiday with a nice meal and some telly.