Low Chibburn Preceptory

Religious Place Druridge Bay Northumberland

Low Chibburn Preceptory

Religious Place In Druridge Bay, Northumberland

The ruins of a Medieval Hospitaller.

Also known as Chibburn Preceptory it is the ruins of a Medieval/Post-Medieval Hospitaller preceptory near Widdrington and just behind the Druridge Pools in Northumberland.

It was in 1313 when the preceptory was first recorded before being abolished in 1540. It's lands were initially passed to the Crown and later on to the Widdrington family.

Low Chibburn had several uses, ranging from a hospital to a dowager house before being razed by French invaders in 1691. The preceptory buildings have undergone repair and restoration by Northumberland County Council, and the site is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law. The preceptory was defended by a moat enclosing an area some 100 meters in diameter, and although the moat and a possible pond is still visible at the site, some of these features have been infilled and later destroyed by open cast mining in 1957. The chapel served as a pillbox during the Second World War. Source - Wikipedia

The grounds are heavily overgrown, so take care when looking around.

And to complete the page, a sweet little fly by from Red 5!

This area is a wildlife haven with plenty of huts to view the birds from and insects galore! 

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If you navigate to the parking marker, there is a clear path with a fingerpost heading inland. Follow that through trees and then 2 open fields and you will see the Preceptory ahead of you. Maybe 1km walk to get there.

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Park on the verge anywhere along the Druridge Pools beach road.

Simon Hawkins

Contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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