St Nicholas's Chapel, Papa Stronsay

Grid reference

HY 669 291 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

366900 102910







Nearby places

St Bride's Chapel, Papa Stronsay (0.19 miles)

Stronsay St Peter, former parish, Stronsay ORK (1.2 miles)

St Peter's Chapel, XSP Stronsay (Orkney) (1.2 miles)

John's Hill, on Stronsay (2.12 miles)

St Catherine's Bay, Stronsay (2.91 miles)

Object Classification



Is linear feature?



OSA xv (1795): 'two chapels in the small isle of Papa, dedicated to St. Nicholas and to St. Bride respectively. St. Nichola's chapel was almost entire twelve years ago; the dimensions within walls 15; feet by 12; the quire, 7 feet by 9; this quire is covered with a complete stone arch, but the chapel hath been lately demolished by the tenant, in order that he with the stones of it might build a new barn. St. Bride's chapel and Quire,now in ruins, are nearly of the same dimensions as those of St. Nicholas.' NMRS: A carved cross found here seems to date to the pre-Viking period, suggesting a much earlier church or chapel here than the one indicated by the other surviving remains, also possibly suggested by what may be the remains of a corbelled cell underlying the church.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Stronsay, modern parish (Orkney)

Relationships with other places

Adjacent St Bride's Chapel, Papa Stronsay