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chantrychan‧try /ˈtʃɑːntri $ ˈtʃæn-/ (also chantry chapel) noun (plural chantries) [countable]  RRCa small church or part of a church paid for by someone so that priests can pray for them there after they die
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chantryIt is believed that it was built as a chantry chapel in memory of Robert de Tattershall who died in 1121.He is remembered also for his work on the manor house at Clyst, where he endowed a chantry chapel.Similarly, comparatively few chantries were re-established by pious benefactors, and endowments for masses failed to recover to their pre-Reformation level.But all the endowments which funded chantries were confiscated at Easter 1548 and vested in the Crown.Hundreds of chantries and lay fraternities were established with this as their major function.On stylistic grounds Vertue may also be credited with the design of Lupton's chantry in Eton College chapel.Apart from infrequent exceptions such as these, chantry priests were indistinguishable from parish chaplains.Even more important is the testimony of the fifteenth-century Warwick chantry priest John Rous, who died in 1491.
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