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A crown so bright! - St. Catherine's Oratory, Isle of Wight

We were here early in the evening scouting for some milky way photography that night when I noticed the sun was aligning perfectly with the top of the tower and the shadow was creating great leading lines. St. Catherine's Oratory is a medieval lighthouse on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight. It was built by Lord Walter de Godeton as an act of penance for plundering wine from the wreck of a ship called St. Marie of Bayonne in Chale Bay in April 1313. He was tried by the Church courts, since the wine was meant for the monastery of Livers in Picardy. The Church threatened to excommunicate him unless he built a lighthouse near Chale Bay. It is Britain's only surviving medieval lighthouse.

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