The Memorial Chapel of the Border Regiment
The Bellingham chapel at Holy Trinity, dates originally from the 16th century, and was built by Sir Roger Bellingham (his tomb is situated here in this chapel) The Crown of thorns that hangs over the chapel, formerly occupied the space above the central alter, but was moved here when the chapel was adopted as the Memorial chapel of the Border Regiment. The Crown of Thorns is dedicated to Bernard Gilpin, otherwise known as the Apostle of the North. The beautiful blue ceiling is home to 16 coats of arms, all shown here.
Above. A view of the decorated ceiling of the Bellingham Chapel.
Above. I'm not sure if this is specifically a coat of arms, or just some sort of symbolically important design.
Above. This shield seems to vaguely depict the arms of the Bellingham or Forrester families...though the two star symbols may mean this is some other family coat of arms.
Above. Possibly the Burneside family arms, but with the confusion of the right hand side shield. It's upside down if it too, belongs to the Burneside family.
Above. A shield that vaguely depicts the Crackenthorpe family arms again, but this time with a single blue fleur-de-lis in the centre.
Above. Possibly the a form of the Sandeford family...although this shield only bears one boars head above a smaller quarter of ermine.
Above. The arms of the Bellingham family of Levens.
Above. The arms of the Bellingham (not of Levens) A single hunter's horn suspended on gold rope.
Holy Trinity is rich in history, and is well worth a visit. However, don't pay it a fleeting visit...make sure that you have plenty of time to delve into all the corners and all of the shadows to make sure that you get a glimpse of all the treasure it has to offer. Check their website out for more information, including a complete list of memorials both inside and outside of the church.