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The Chapels of Pontefract Castle

Norman Chapel dedicated to St. Clement

 
 

The Norman Chapel was built on land that had previously contained a Saxon cemetery. The chapel (according to Ian Roberts booklet "Pontefract Castle",)was built shortly before 1085 and first consisted of a Nave & Chancel with an Apse being added probably in the 12th century.

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The Elizabethan Chapel dedicated to St. Clement

The Elizabethan Chapel dedicated to St. Clement was built against the curtain wall between 1564 and 1581, Roberts notes that this chapel was constructed over an earlier chapel which was oriented north-west/south-east.

  
Wood cut image from "Pictorial History of England" vol. II, 1399=1603, by George L. Craik & Charles Mac Farlane, published by Charles Knight & Co. London, 1849


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