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St. Andrew's Chantry Chapel
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Abbey
Derbyshire
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SK476667
Poor
Late 12th or early 13th century
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St. Andrew's Chantry Chapel is located on Scarsdale Edge between Glapwell and Palterton, Derbyshire.

Only one corner of the Chapel remain, sitting in a copse of trees. It is believed to have been built in the late 12th or early 13th century. This building would have been built upon private land allowing a priest, from one of the surrounding Abbeys, to perform his duties which included singing a number of masses for the spiritual benefit of a recently deceased person.

The chapel would have owned land in the surrounding area, which along with private donations often left in wills, paid for the of the priest. As a result, they became wealthy and in some instances this led to the corruption of the consecrated life expected of clerics.

This evident corruption was one of the factors which led to the Dissolution of Monasteries by King Henry VIII. The chantries were abolished and any assets sold.