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The Chantry Chapel

History of The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, Wakefield Bridge
The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin was built by the townspeople of Wakefield in the mid 14 century as an integral part of Wakefield’s new stone bridge (which replaced earlier wooden bridges) across the River Calder. It was first licensed in the mid 14 century bridges) across the River Calder. It was first licensed in 1356.
It is one of only three surviving bridge chantries in the country. The others are at Rotherham and St Ives (near Cambridge)
Its purpose was to provide for a priest to say mass for the souls of the dead to reduce the time in purgatory

Tags: Architecture Chantry Chapel Wakefield Bridge

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2 Mar 2011 9:59PM
Great composition really nice details Grin

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EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
2 Mar 2011 10:19PM
Amazing contrasts in light and shade captured so well. What, forgive me asking, is a Chantry Chapel? Looks ancient and would love to know more.

2 Mar 2011 11:00PM
Great image
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
3 Mar 2011 12:43PM
beautiful light in this shot... enjoyed the write up too..
franfoto 10 2 32 England
5 Mar 2011 6:47PM
Great image, I love the light coming through the shadows and the tiny fluffy clouds. Interesting bit of history too thanks.


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