Morpeth Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth
Northumberland NE61 1JP
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History of the Chantry
In 1296, when Edward I returned from Scotland bearing the Stone of Scone he must have passed the newly built Chantry and its stone bridge over the River Wansbeck before spending the night in the first Morpeth Castle.
The Chantry was founded for its priest to say Mass, pray for all Christian souls, and keep a grammar school. The priest also collected tolls for the crossing of the Chantry bridge. Edward VI granted the school a charter in 1552, and it remained in the building till 1846.
The Chantry was then used for a wide variety of purposes, from a cholera hospital to a mineral water factory. The building was restored in the 1980s, and stands as a reminder of Morpeth's medieval past.
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