The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin



Services and Events held in the Chantry Chapel


The chapel was originally in the ecclesiastical district of St Mary, congregation mainly came from the Primrose Hill and Lower Kirkgate areas of Wakefield which
were mainly working class. In the 1960's the chantry came under the district of St Andrew's when St Mary's church was demolished in that decade.

The chantry is now in the care of the Dean and Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral

Regular services are held in the Chantry Chapel on Wakefield Bridge on the first Sunday of each month at 4.30pm.


Other services can be arranged by contacting Wakefield Cathedral.


Services are not the only thing to take place in the building since the Friends of the Chantry Chapel was established.
Open Days are always a popular event - opening the doors to those who use the 'new' bridge and never stop to walk on the original crossing of the Calder.


2006, was a very special year for 'our little treasure' as it saw the 650th Anniversary of the Chapels founding

and the Friends marked the occasion in style, as befits one of Wakefield's best loved landmarks.

Services are held in the Chapel on the first and third Sundays of each month at 4:30pm

Events 2013

Open Days / Exhibitions
Talks / Entertainment

The Chantry is one of the venues for the Wakefield Art Walk which is held
on the last Wednesday of alternate months from 5pm to 9pm. The exhibitions
are provided by local artists.

The first walk of 2013 takes place on 30th January with an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Brian Holding.

Saturday 2 February 7pm

A new short play by Kate Griffin

Survivor, features and interview between a young journalist and a woman who experienced the Nazi death camps.

Entranced £3 payable on the door.


The Friends of the Chantry Chapel look forward to welcoming you into one of Wakefield's 'little treasures'.

Past events at the Chantry have included :-

In 1999 Wakefield Flower Club provided a flower festival for the Chapel. Theatrical events, for example, "This son of York" reflecting on the life of
Richard II ; "Uneasy lied the head" based on the life of Charles I, have also taken place in the Chantry, bridge for the bridge at Nostell Priory, together
with a programme of music and reading at Christmas.


page last updated Nov 2012

Further reading :

The Pious Undertaking by Kate Taylor ISBN 09018694572003

Walkers History of Wakefield - now out of print

Wakefield in Old Picture Postcards by John Goodchild ISBN 9028848231 1990

The Chapel on the Bridge - a short history of Rotherham Bridge and the Chapel of Our Lady by Martin Gleaden (

St Mary's Chapel on the Bridge baptisms 1855-1870 by Wakefield & District Family History Group ISBN 1902022882


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