Warkworth 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 fourteenth 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 newborn 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 its 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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  • Very interesting and unusual. Enjoyed a chat with the ferryman. Best enjoyed using the torch app on your phone!  more »
  • Visited after going to the excellent castle. The boat man was friendly and informative, and the little hermitage was so atmospheric  more »
  • It's the journey that really makes a visit to the Hermitage worthwhile, although the 'building' itself is fascinating. Park at Warkworth Castle (£3.10 but refunded when you visit the castle to buy you...  more »

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