Calder Vale Road
The Chantry Chapel will is for open for the May, July and September Artwalks only.
The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin was built by the townspeople of Wakefield in the mid 14 century as an integral part of Wakefield’s new stone bridge (which replaced earlier wooden bridges) across the River Calder. Its purpose was to provide for a priest to say mass for the souls of the dead to reduce their time in purgatory. The Chantry Chapel is one of only three surviving bridge chantries in the country. The others are at Rotherham and St Ives (near Cambridge). Throughout its lifetime it has been used for many secular purposes – including a cheese-cake shop, a corn merchant’s office, a newsroom and as premises for a tailor. The Friends of the Chantry Chapel were formed in 1990 to raise funds for the repair and maintenance of the building. In the 1990s the Friends raised and spent some £100,000. This paid for full repairs or replacement of the stonework, a new lead covering for the roof, new lighting and a good heating installation.
Parking on the bridge 6pm-9pm
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