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The chapel on the bridge at Rotherham

The chapel on the bridge at Rotherham

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15548

Item number: f.85

Genre: Manuscript

White's 1837 Gazetteer, History and Directory of the West Riding reports the river is "crossed by a fine old bridge, of five pointed arches, with an elegant chapel, standing on the centre pier, and now used as the town prison". In the middle ages it was common to build chapels on bridges to collect money to maintain the bridge. This chapel was built in 1483 and although the chantry was dissolved in the 1530s, the chapel building remained. There are very few of these bridge chapels left. Unfortunately the chapel had fallen into disrepair by the 1680s. In 1778 it was converted into a prison and the crypt became the town's goal. It was finally restored to its original purpose as a chapel in 1924.

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