Chantry chapel

A chapel attached to, or inside, a church and specifically founded in order for masses to be said for the founder’s soul. This was believed to reduce the time spent in purgatory by the deceased and speed them to heaven. Chantry chapels are generally medieval in date and Henry VIII dissolved most of them during the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid 16th century.

Photograph of a chantry chapel in Norwich Cathedral. From Picture Norfolk.

A chantry chapel in Norwich Cathedral. Courtesy of Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service.

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