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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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  • Fantastic cave where the Hermitage lived, so quiet and peaceful it had a real spiritual feel about it. The boatman Mick (or Nick) was a great wealth of stories and history and seemed passionate about ...  more »
  • A short stroll along the river side, in the shadow of Warkworth castle, you will arrive at a small boat mooring. Board the rowing boat and be gently rowed to the other river bank, where, after a short...  more »
  • it is a little walk along a beautiful river bank then across to the Hermitage to see history and some idea of the sometimes futile efforts of people in the past to think they can change things by isol...  more »