Visitor Guide 6: Ogle Chantry Chapel

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Chantries are side chapels in churches where masses can be said for the dead. 

The Ogle Chantry was erected for celebration of the Holy Communion with special intention for repose of the soul of Sir Robert Ogle, who died on the 31st of October 1409.  An outbreak of plague meant Ogle had to be buried quickly at Hexham instead of his desired Whalton, where apparently a costly tomb had been planned.

The Triptych within the Chapel was undoubtedly part of the original erection. The centre painting represents the Saviour rising from the grave; the painting on the left is devoted to the Virgin and Child; and the third is filled with a representation of St John the Evangelist and all these paintings have been done in the richest style of medieval ornament.

The Triptych was removed from the Abbey in the 19th century as restoration work was carried out.  A joiner doing part of this work claimed that according to his contract, the triptych could be removed as unwanted old material and the Rector and other custodians of the time allowed him to do this. 

It then passed through many owners until the Triptych was returned to the Abbey in 1960 – replaced as it is seen now, in its original position.

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