Keys to the Past

St Mary's Chapel, Inner Farne (North Sunderland and Seahouses)

The remains of a medieval chapel dedicated to St Mary are now incorporated into a visitor centre on Inner Farne. It lies across the east court from the Chapel of St Cuthbert. According to a survey of the chapel made in about 1930, it originally extended further west and was about 16m long, instead of the present 8.5m. This would have made it about the same length as St Cuthbert's. The south-east corner of the chapel stands to its original height of about 4m, but elsewhere only the lowest course of stone is medieval. The chapel was turned into a store by Trinity House in the 19th century and was later converted to an information centre by the National Trust. This is a Scheduled Monument and Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N5895
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):BUILDING SURVEY, Historic building survey and assessment of the monastic cell on Inner Farne 1999
FIELD SURVEY, National Trust survey: the Farne Islands 2010; Archaeo-Environment Ltd

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Source of Reference
Local History of North Sunderland and Seahouses

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