St Cuthbert's Chapel (Holy Island)
Cross on St Cuthbert's Isle, Holy Island. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
St Cuthbert's Isle, Holy Island (Copyright © Don Brownlow)
St Cuthbert's Isle from the air, with Holy Island behind. Photo by Mick Aston, 2000.
These are the remains of a small medieval chapel on St Cuthbert's Isle, a small island which is completely cut from Holy Island when there is a high tide. A chapel dedicate to St Cuthbert on Holy Island is described by Bede in the late seventh/early eighth century. The island was probably used by St Cuthbert (AD630 to 687) as a hermitage. The chapel which can now be seen was probably built in the 13th century AD. It is rectangular in shape. Attached to the west wall of the chapel is a small rectangular extension. The chapel stands on a slight earthwork platform and is surrounded on three sides by a ditch. To the north-west of the chapel is small circular mound which may be the remains of a small circular house, possibly used by St Cuthbert. A rectangular building can be seen to the south-east. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.
|Historical period:||Medieval (1066 to 1540)|
|Legal status:||Scheduled Ancient Monument|
|Event(s):||FIELD SURVEY, North East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment - Phase 2 2010; Archaeological Research Services|
Source of Reference
Local History of Holy Island
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