The Cambridge Leper Chapel, also known as the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene, is one of the oldest complete surviving buildings in Cambridge. This 12th century Romanesque building was originally the chapel of an isolation hospital caring for people with leprosy and is Grade 1 Listed.
The building has 900 years of fascinating history - at various times it has been a place of worship, a bar and a warehouse! It owes its survival to its connection with the Stourbridge medieval fair, one of the largest in Europe.
The Chapel is not usually open but is used for community and cultural events. The Vicar of the Church of Christ the Redeemer (Church of England) is responsible for worship at the chapel.
The Chapel is owned and cared for by local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future, who need your help to support the opening of the chapel and its conservation.
The Chapel is next to Barnwell Meadows Wildlife Site, which was purchased by Cambridge Past, Present & Future in the 1950s to help protect the setting of the Chapel. The meadows are a refuge for wildlife in the city and you can find out more about them by clicking here.
Opening times, directions and facilities.
Fascinating history of the Leper Chapel and Stourbridge Medieval Fair
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Our work conserving and caring for the Cambridge Leper Chapel