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Warkworth Hermitage shown within Northumberland
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Warkworth Hermitage is a chapel and priest's house built onto and within a cliff-face on the north bank of the River Coquet in Northumberland, England, close to Warkworth Castle and the village of Warkworth.
The hermitage consists of an outer portion built of stone, and an inner portion hewn from the sandstone cliff above the river. This inner part comprises a chapel and a smaller chamber, both having altars. There is an altar-tomb with a female effigy in the chapel.
From the window between the inner chamber and the chapel, and from other details, the date of the work may be placed in the latter part of the fourteenth century, the characteristics being late Decorated. The traditional story of the origin of the hermitage, attributing it to one of the Bertrams of Bothal Castle in this county, is told in Bishop Percy's ballad The Hermit of Warkworth (1771).
The carving in the window is a nativity scene; the female is Mary with the newborn child at her breast. The item at her feet is the head of a bull, and the figure at her shoulder is an angel. clarification needed] The ballad is to all intents fiction as the chapel was built as a chantry, and occupied by a series of clergy from 1489 to 1536; since that time it has remained as it is today.[
Warkworth Hermitage is in the care of English Heritage, who provide its only public access, a ferry boat which crosses to it from the riverside path below the Castle. The ferry point is about 1⁄2 mile (0.80 km) upstream from the castle. The hermitage, which English Heritage manages together with the castle, is normally open to the public during the summer season.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Warkworth". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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