From cell to chapel

24 January 2014

THIS elegant notice-board was made in the workshops of Wakefield Prison for the historic Chantry Chapel on Wakefield Bridge. It has a good provenance, for the frame for the board is made of oak from the Victorian pews that were removed from Wakefield Cathedral during the cathedral's renovation a couple of years ago.

The Chantry Chapel, which forms an integral part of the bridge across the River Calder, was first licensed in 1356, and, together with the bridge, is classed as an ancient monument. Kate Taylor, who chairs the Friends of the Wakefield Chantry Chapel, tells me that it has had no exterior notice-board for at least 60 years, but, with permission granted, it has been erected at the end of the medieval bridge.

It is hoped that it will attract more of the visitors to the new Hepworth Wakefield art gallery across the road to come and look at the chapel.

The Chantry is in the care of the Dean and Chapter of Wakefield, and the notice board was blessed by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Patten, just before Christmas.

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