THE CAMBRIDGE LEPER CHAPEL

My recent visit to Cambridge allowed a brief reunion with my old friend, the Leper Chapel of Saint Mary Magdalene.

The romanesque Leper Chapel in Cambridge, also known as the Leper Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene, is a chapel on the east side of Cambridge on the Newmarket road. It dates from about 1125. The Chapel was part of the buildings of a leprosy hospital that stood a little beyond the outskirts of the city. In 1199 the Chapel was given royal dispensation by King John to hold a three day fair to raise money to support the lepers. Today the Chapel is in the care of the Cambridge Preservation Society.

MY SKETCH FROM DECADES AGO

Thank God for photography!

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