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St Ebba's Chapel (Beadnell)

Reconstruction of St Ebba's Chapel, Beadnell. Drawn by Terry Ball.
Reconstruction of St Ebba's Chapel, Beadnell. Drawn by Terry Ball.

Remains of St Ebba's Chapel, Beadnell. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Remains of St Ebba's Chapel, Beadnell. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

This site is on the rocky headland of Ebb's Nook. The remains of a small stone chapel can be seen set in a series of earthworks. Immediately to the east of the chapel is a rectangular stony mound, which may be the remains of an earlier chapel. These two structures form the southern side of a walled enclosure. This site has long been associated with St Aebba, the stepdaughter of the king of Northumbria, Aethelfrith, though there is no proof of this. Although this tradition suggests an early date, the remains of the chapel belong to the 13th century. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N5786
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Northumberland Coastal Survey 1992; GUARD
EVALUATION, St Ebba's Chapel, Beadnell, Northumberland: archaeological evaluation and assessment of results 2011; Wessex Archaeology
GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY, St Ebba's Chapel, Beadnell, Northumberland: archaeological evaluation and assessment of results 2011; GSB Prospection

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Source of Reference
Local History of Beadnell


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