Keys to the Past

Tughall Chapel (Beadnell)

Ruins of medieval chapel at Tughall.
Photo by Harry Rowland, 1971.
Ruins of medieval chapel at Tughall. Photo by Harry Rowland, 1971.

This chapel is believed to have been built on the spot where the body of St Cuthbert rested on 13th September 1069 during its removal from Durham to Lindisfarne. The building, which was probably built in the 12th century, is at the east end of the village. The building is now ruined, and the chapel is only visible as a rectangular mound measuring 22m by 10m. Earlier drawings show that that the church had a curved end. The churchyard is nearly 60m by 40m and marked out by a slight earth bank. The carved stone from a medieval grave can still be seen. There are also the remains of a stone cross. The chapel was still used for worship until 1630, and probably for burial for longer. The site is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N5780
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Beadnell

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