NU2405 : The Hermitage, Warkworth

taken 9 years ago, near to Warkworth, Northumberland, Great Britain

The Hermitage, Warkworth
The Hermitage, Warkworth
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Warkworth Hermitage is an unusual relic situated on the North bank of the River Coquet in Northumberland, England, close to the village of Warkworth.

The Hermitage consists of an outer portion built of stone, and an inner portion hewn from the steep rock above the river. This inner part comprises a chapel and a smaller chamber, both having altars. There is an altar-tomb with a female effigy in the chapel.

From the window between the inner chamber and the chapel, and from other details, the date of the work may be placed in the latter part of the 14th century, the characteristics being late Decorated. The traditional story of the origin of the hermitage, attributing it to one of the Bertrams of Bothal Castle in this county, is told in Bishop Percy's ballad The Hermit of Warkworth (1771).

The carving in the window is a nativity scene, the female is Mary with the new born child at her breast; the item at her feet is the head of a bull, and the figure at her shoulder is an angel. Of the dedication crosses placed at the time of it's construction only one is visible, the altar was plain the crafety is just that. The ballad is to all intents fiction as the chapel was built as a chantry, and occupied by a series of clergy from 1489 to 1536; since that time it has remained as it is today.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 March, 2008   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 23 March, 2008
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Religious site   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 241 059 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:20.7925N 1:37.2633W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 241 059
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