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Good Morning Everyone,

You may think this a curious title but it fits in with a rhyme about magpies - ' 7 for a secret never to be told' and this was my 7th shot in Dawyck Gardens; the secret of the hidden chapel seemed never to be told, hidden, as it was in the vegetation and locked from public view.

Besides trees, the chapel is surrounded by a fence with ancient stone steps to its locked gate. Curiously the steps do not lead to the chapel's door but to the side of the building. This may be because it was demolished in the 19th century and rebuilt on the site.

The chapel still contains a probable medieval font, and the chapel bell which is said to carry a date of 1642, being recast in 1791.

It is completely private, used as a mausoleum for the family that owns Dawick House.

The Botanical Gardens at Dawyck which surround the chapel and are on the edge of Dawyck House, contain some amazing trees, planted to make the most of their scale and origins.

My photograph was taken to include the autumnal trees and exclude the sky which was an uninteresting grey!

Have a lovely day, Bev :-)

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