SE3320 : Chantry Bridge and Chapel, River Calder, Wakefield

taken 8 months ago, near to Wakefield, Great Britain

Chantry Bridge and Chapel, River Calder, Wakefield
Chantry Bridge and Chapel, River Calder, Wakefield
The old bridge over the River Calder is just under 100m long and was built between 1342 and 1356. It was widened in 1758 and 1797. A new bridge was built next to it LinkExternal link in 1929 to allow for the by then increased traffic.

Located on an extended bridge pillar is the Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, which dates back to 1356. A chantry chapel is a chapel built for the purpose of reading masses for the donor, a practice which fell out of favour during the reformation. As a result, all chantries were closed by Act of Parliament in 1545. Unlike most such chapels, the chapel on the bridge survived as it is a structural part of the bridge. It was used for a number of secular purposes including as a library and a cheese shop. It has once more been used as a CofE place of worship since 1848, and regular services are taking place to this day.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 July, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 13 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Religious sites  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3382 2013 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:40.5929N 1:29.3703W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 3383 2008
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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