NY6194 : Site of Bells Chapel

taken 3 years ago, near to Kielder, Northumberland, Great Britain

Site of Bells Chapel
Site of Bells Chapel
Somewhere below among the nettles north of the Bells Burn was the location of the former Bells Chapel, known to the Scots as Bells Kirk, and a deserted village.
Between the two large areas of nettles lies a large carved stone which has been interpreted as the chapel font NY6194 : Font of Bells Chapel

The existing ruin, to the right, closer to Bells Burn by the trees, was probably a cattle byre, possibly built out of chapel masonry but now rapidly becoming archaeology in its own right NY6194 : Ruined farm building near site of Bells Chapel
Bells Chapel
An old religious site now in England close to the Scottish Border but once firmly Scottish.

Bell's Chapel, also known as Bell's Kirk, stood near Bells Burn, on the border between Scotland and England. It is mentioned in a document written in 1590. The chapel itself no longer exists, but a hollowed out natural boulder, probably used as a font, marks a possible former location. The remains of a deserted medieval village are nearby.

The earliest reference to the chapel are in the C16th when it was under the jurisdiction of Jedburgh Abbey. The Bells appears to have been an important meeting place in the Middle Marches. Indeed, the England-Scotland Border follows the Bells Burn down from its high point on the Larriston Fells but its line turns sharply back on itself just above the site of the chapel, following a prominent wall over the ridge of Bells Moor to Thorlieshope Pike before eventually descending down an unnamed sike to Deadwater and the low watershed there between the River North Tyne and Liddel Water.

James Logan Mack considered that the Border Line may have previously continued down Bells Burn to its junction with the North Tyne, leaving the chapel and community of Bells on Scottish ground. This was for a long time disputed territory, bandit country of the Liddesdale and Tynedale Reivers.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Primary Subject of Photo
Archaeology 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 6134 9498 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:14.8489N 2:36.5783W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 61275 95013
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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