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A Saxon chapel near Bamburgh Castle

A Saxon chapel near Bamburgh Castle

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15542

Item number: f.182

Length: 145

Width: 242

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This drawing shows a detail of the distinctive zig-zag patterned doorway which suggest it is probably Anglo-Saxon or Norman in origin. There was previously an Anglo-Saxon fort on the castle site, but the Normans built the stone building that is now recognisable as the castle. The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) notes, "in 1773 the remains of an ancient chapel, built by King Oswald, were discovered. A curiously-carved font, found in it, is to be seen in the second library".

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