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Chapel House, St John's in the Vale
Chapel House
site name:-   St John, St John's in the Vale
locality:-   St John's in the Vale
civil parish:-   St John's Castlerigg and Wythburn (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
locality type:-   inn
coordinates:-   NY30682248 (?) 
1Km square:-   NY3022
10Km square:-   NY32

evidence:-   old text:- Clarke 1787
placename:-  St John's Chapel
item:-  ale houseinnpenny fair
source data:-   Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, written and published by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787; published 1787-93.
image CL13P115, button  goto source
Page 115:-  "..."
"... St John's chapel, standing upon a mountain, with no other edifice near it, except an Ale-house. The church and the ale-house are indeed such inseparable companions in this country, that I should almost suppose that poet, who says,"
""Wherever God erects an house of pray'r,
The devil always builds a chapel there,""
"to be a Cumbrian. A very old custom in use here, and some other places, deserves particular notice. On the Sunday before Easter all the inhabitants of the parish, old and young, men and women, repair to this ale-house after evening prayer: they then collect a penny from each person, male or female, but not promiscuously, as the women pay separately: this money is spent in liquor, and at one of these meetings, (or penny fairs as they are called) amounted to three pounds, so that there must have been 720 persons present."

This stood in the NE corner of the churchyard before it was extended in 1844, and was a farm and ale house.
A drawing of the church and Chapel House was made by W Dickinson, 1843, published in Darrall 2009.

Darrall, Geoff: 2009: Story of St John's-in-the-Vale

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