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Hermitages were small sites where one or more hermits went to find peace in remote places, (compare with anchorage). Access to hermitages would be limited - physically, e.g. by their remoteness, or socially, e.g. in private places. They were simple sites usually with a small house and simple chapel often built by the hermit themselves. Wealthy patrons could endow hermitages, as at Warkworth, Northumberland. Some hermitages acted as lighthouses.

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