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The vicar and I were trying to workout why Saint Catherine was a popular saint for dedicating chapels to in our area.

Saint Catherine was martyred on a wheel, and she is the patron saint of spinners, lace makers and rope makers and unmarried women (ie spinsters)

Do you have a pre-reformation Saint Catherine Chapel near you?

The Vicar was wondering if perhaps in our case the chapel was because of all the water wheels as we are not an area that made lace ropes or did much spinning. Sounds a good theory.

So are there loads of St Catherine's chapels in non spinning areas that have loads of water mills?

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