Stop 19 - Dale Church
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Stop 19: (120 m) Dale Church
The church is dedicated to St. James. It stands on a Norman site, but was rebuilt in 1761 and
underwent substantial repairs in the 1890s. The west tower is thought to date from the 15th Century. It is a simple
building, consisting of a nave and chancel. The marble font was presented to the parish by John Allen Esq. of Dale
Castle, who met the costs of the 1761 rebuild.
After you have visited the church, walk back towards the Castle and follow the left turn in the
road towards the village, a distance of about 880 metres.
The valley between the church and the village is Dale Meadow. During the First World War it was
the site of a large camp with huts for 1000 men. Originally it was used for training exercises. Later in the War
the camp provided badly needed rest and recuperation facilities for soldiers from that conflict.
The final stage of your walk takes you past Dale Cemetery on your right, and along Blue Anchor
The houses on the right-hand side of Blue Anchor Way (a row of semis and a terrace) were built
as married quarters for Kete (Stop 14), but were barely used before Kete closed.
At the end of Blue Anchor Way take the right fork along South Street. Turn left when you get to
the sea front. The Griffin Inn is on your left, where you can partake in some well-earned refreshment!