A Trifle From Crathorne: The Story Of St Mary’s Chapel

WhereGreat Broughton Village HallType of EventIllustrated Talk
WhenMonday 17th January 2022TutorMike Toogood

Mike’s contribution followed this year’s AGM. He gave an interesting account of St Mary’s Catholic Chapel in Crathorne which is a Grade 11 listed building. It was  200 years old in 2021 but was unable to have a real celebration due to Covid. The church was built in 1821 to serve the Catholics in the area and originally had a priests house next to it, now a private dwelling. Catholicism was celebrated prior to this but worship took place in a converted cowshed.

The Chapel has many unique features Gothic style door and windows, and some beautiful plasterwork on the ceiling and around the altar, thought to have been the work of the Berlusconis, an Italian family responsible for a lot of the plasterwork in the finest houses across the country. The wooden pews are numbered and at the end of the Chapel is a gallery which also has pews and is reached by a curled staircase at the back. The Chapel is very much as it was originally although a small extension over the entrance was added in the 1960s to house facilities such as a toilet. The building is now undergoing a major restoration due to rising damp and the wood surrounding the window frames is rotten and needs replacing. A restoration fund has been set up to raise money for the work and the lecture fee for the talk will go to the fund. It is hoped that work will be completed by May 2022.

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