111: The Drowning Chapel


St. Enoch’s Square, in the city center, is primarily known for the St. Enoch Center – one of the city’s indoor malls – and St. Enoch subway station. Amongst historians, it is known for being the approximate location of an old chapel dedicated to St. Thenew, the mother of the city’s patron saint, St. Mungo, which housed ancient relics, and a well where offerings were made in petition to the heavens. There is no chapel – or well – anywhere on St. Enoch’s Square.

In fact, the chapel is under St. Enoch’s Square, and is only accessible through the subway station by walking south on the tracks – as such, it is advisable to wait until after 11:35pm, when the last train terminates in Govan, to begin the walk to the drowning chapel.

The tunnel south of St. Enoch station is damp – the ground gets wetter as one walks along due to rivulets and streams of water feeding in from the cracks in the sodden, moldy walls, so it is next to impossible to get to the chapel without getting one’s feet wet. After ten minutes of walking south, the seeker will notice a large, filth-stained crack in the wall, with light coming from within. On the other side is a room, much taller than it is wide, half filled with mud, dirt and dust from the earth above. Inside the muck are cracked stone pillars, decayed wooden panelling, meshes of metal poles and structures – the last remnants of the St. Thenew chapel. Water continually cascades in from each of the walls, making the whole room seem to shiver, quake and struggle. And, in the center of the room, lies the well, illuminated by an orange luminescence coming from a hole in the ceiling above – straight metal bars on the hole indicate that it is a drain in the street.

The well is filthy, and a number of objects lie inside and around it – many, most likely, from having been dropped through the drain above. Curiously, no rubbish has come in through the drain – or if it has, it has been cleaned away by persons unknown. All that remains are the strange offerings – dolls, all with their left hands cut or ripped off. Photograhs of people, with holes stabbed through in a straight line through the center of their bodies. Plastic bags, some with small bones poking out of holes inside them, tied up with red elastic bands…

It is said that making a sacrifice inside the Drowning Chapel – in accordance with certain passages found inside the Old Testament – allow the user to petition for divine vengeance against any mortal man who has transgressed the ten commandments.

 

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