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the town itself, by Nicholas de Farnham, bishop of Durham, in the reign of Henry III, who appropriated the Church of Brankefton for the maintenance there of two Benedictine Monks from Durham *. That small monaftic foundation is indeed called a Cell by bishop Tanner + : but he must be very ignorant, who fupposes that by the word Cell is necessarily to be un. derstood a Hermitage ; whereas it was commonly applied to any small conventual establishment, which was dependant on another.
As for the Chapel belonging to this endowment of bi. fop Farnham, it is mentioned as in ruins in several old. Surveys of queen Elizabeth's time; and ita fcite, not far . from Warkworth Church, is ftill remembered. But that there was never more than one Priest maintained, at one and the same time, within the HERMITAGE, is plainly proved (if any further proof be wanting) by the following Extract from a Survey of Warkworth, made in the Year: 1567, vizio
“Ther is in the Parke (fc. of Warkworth) also one “- Howse hewyn within one Cragge, which is called. " the Harmitage Chapel: In the fame ther haith bene; “ one Preast kcaped which did such: godlye services as " that tyme was used and celebrated. The Mansion “ Howle (fc. the small building adjoining to the Cragg)
ys nowe in decaye : The Closes that apperteined to “ the said Chantrie ys occupied to his Lordship's use."
* Ang. Sacr. p. 738. + Not. Mon. 396. # By George Clarkson, Ms. penes Duc. North.
Of them who, wrapt in Earth fo cold,
No more the smiling day shall view,
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