5. Dark age and Medieval church,
Barhobble, Mochrum
Map Ref: NX 310494

Follow signs to Elrig from the A747. Half a mile north of the village a narrow lane leads to Airylick Farm where cars can be left. Follow signs to Barhobble. Please close all gates.

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Recent excavations at Barhobble have led to the rediscovery of a lost Dark Age chapel.

The restored remains can be seen of a stone church which was constructed around AD1125 and continued in use until the 12th century when Mochrum parish church was built. It was then converted to a chapel and used until around 1300.

During excavation traces of a small Dark Age chapel were found beneath the stone church. It had been built in timber around AD 1050 and was surrounded by a large cemetery. A number of stone grave markers were decorated with pagan Scandinavian symbols. Barhobble's Dark Age chapel may have served a community of Celto-Norse farmers who shared a variety of religious beliefs,

Finds from the excavation are on display in the Visitor Centre at Whithorn.

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