Churches & Priories of Northumberland!

On my travels I have been many places in Northumberland and have always marveled at some of the wonderful churches and priories we have tucked away, mostly in tiny villages. Some dating back to mediaeval times and longer. Each it seems has a tale to tell. Some are plain Anglo Saxon in origin and some on a grander scale. Once thing is for sure though, Both inside and out there are hidden treasures of architecture and splendour to behold. I think it is time to show these wonderful places in their own right and dedicate a page or more to these magnificent places of worship. I hope you like what you see.

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Oratory of St Mary, Tynemouth Priory

Oratory of St Mary, Tynemouth Priory

Oratory of St Mary, Tynemouth Priory also known as the Percy Chapel, this tiny 15th century chapel at Tyneside Priory measures only 12 feet by 18 feet.....

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Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory

The Priory was founded early in the 7th centur. In 651 Oswin, king of Deira was murdered by the soldiers of King Oswiu of Bernicia, and subsequently his body was brought to Tynemouth for burial.[1] He became St Oswin and his burial place became a shrine visited by pilgrims....

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A Quiet Corner at St Lawrence

A Quiet Corner

Take a walk around the old church yard at St Lawrence Warkworth and you can understand why those who lived here in the village so many years ago would want to rest here. There is a true sense of calm and quietness, even though it is in the heart of the village.....
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Winter at St. Lawrence

Winter at St. Lawrence

Winter arrives in the village of Warkworth and the church of St. Lawrence puts on a different cloak. So different from that of Spring and Summer but in its own way so beautiful....

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Summer at St. Lawrence

Summer at St. Lawrence

The Church of St. Lawrence, Warkworth shown in all its glory during the Summer months. The present church dates from the 12th Century but there is mention of a church here as far back as 737. The church has a long history, and some bloody and horrible that's for sure .....

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Autumn at St Lawrence

Autumn at St. Lawrence

I suppose I do have an affinity with The Church of St. Lawrence in Warkworth because this is the village where I live and yes I do like to photograph it in different seasons and in different ways. Like this taken from the rear showing part of the graveyard in Autumn....

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Shining Light

Shining Light

Inside the Church of St. Lawrence Warkworth showing the naive chancel and altar. The naive is one of the largest in Northumberland measuring 90 feet in length. It was from here in In 1174, the Scots attacked the town, set fire to it and killed 300 people sheltering in the church.....

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Spring Blossom

Spring Bloom

Spring Cherry Blossom in the churchyard of St. Lawrence Warkworth bringing new life and new hope for the year ahead. A more restful and peaceful place I have yet to find than here within the walls of this church. If you ever get the chance then follow in the footsteps of others and take a little time to reflect on life within its walls.....


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Church Blossom

Church Blossom

It is April and the blossom is in full flower in the churchyard of St. Lawrence, Warkworth. Such a pleasant sight too see and the herald of Summer. A warm pleasant one we hope.....



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Statue of St. Aidan

Statue of St. Aidan

Statue of St. Aidan that stands in the shadow of Lindisfarne Priory sculptured by Kathleen Parbury.St. Aidan was invited by King Oswald of Northumbria to convert his subjects to Christianity, and founded the monastic community at Lindisfarne in AD 635 ..... → Buy A Print.........
 Rainbow Arch

Rainbow Arch

A place of pilgrimage for many The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island which was built around 1150AD, This is the famous Rainbow Arch ..... ....→ Buy A Print.........
 If Time Could Talk

If Time Could Talk

Spring time in the old church yard of St. Lawrence, Warkworth. If time could talk I wonder what it would reveal of times gone by. The things the old church has seen over the last 2000 years, and of course the slaughter that tool place here in 1174....→ Buy A Print.........
The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Half a mile from Warkworth Castle, tucked away by the Coquet and accessible only by boat, stands a much more peaceful building: the late medieval cave hermitage and chapel of a solitary holy man dates from the 14th Century when its interior was cut out of the steep rock above the river.....→ Buy A Print.........
Church of a Holy Man

Chapel of a Holy Man

Inside the Hermitage at Warkworth that stands on the river Coquet which and carved from the rock face that stands there it dates back to the 14th Century. It is such a peaceful place to stand and wonder what life must have been like all alone, for that Holy man..... → Not for Sale.........
Lady's Well

Lady's Well

Off the beaten track and not often visited by tourists is Lady's Well in the sleepy village of Holystone an atmospheric little pool where it is rumoured St Ninian baptized early Christians. The well still feeds water to the village......

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St. Mary The Virgin, Holystone

St. Mary The Virgin, Holystone

St. Mary the Virgin Church, in the tiny village of Holystone was rebuilt in 1848. Although evidence suggests a Norman church stood on this site, rebuilding and repair occurring frequently over the past 900 years....

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 St. Aidans, Bamburgh

St. Aidans, Bamburgh

According to Bede, St Aidan built a wooden church outside the castle wall in AD 635, and he died here in AD 652; It is here that the famous Grace Darling is buried in a private grave along with her parents although a memorial is situated in the graveyard....

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Inside St. Aidans, Bamburgh

Inside St. Aidans, Bamburgh

Looking towards the alter inside St. Aidans, Bamburgh. The carvings are truly magnificent much more reminiscent of a much larger cathedral. The present church dates from the late 12th century. ......

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St. John The Baptist

St. John The Baptist

St. John the Baptist Church is an 11th century Church in the tiny village of Edlingham not far from the Castle which stands near by. The church is mostly Norman, from two periods, the late 11th to early 12th Century and late 12th century....

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Melting Snow

Melting Snow

The last remnants of snow begin to melt around the tiny church of St. John the Baptist at Edlingham village. Soon it will be Spring again and the spring flowers will once again bloom....


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Spring Time

Spring Time

And so the seasons turn and spring arrives once more at St. John the Baptist Edlingham with the daffodils in full bloom. A small church but s lovely one....

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Quiet Solace

Quiet Solace

Inside the tiny Mediaeval church of St. John the Baptist, Edlingham, which was built in the 12th century and mostly Norman and stands not far from the old ruined Castle.....

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A Place of Worship..

A Place of Worship..

Inside St. Cuthbert's Norham which dates back to Norman times. The present building was begun in 1165 at the same time as the nearby castle The first stone church in Norham was founded in A.D. 830. The site of the original church is probably to the east of the present one where there is now a clump of large yew trees .....

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A Place of war

A Place Of War..

Looking down the naive towards the alter of St. Cuthbert's, Norham. The church was used for some time by Robert the Bruce as a stronghold to attack the nearby Castle. it was the place where by Edward 1st received homage from the pretenders to the Scottish throne. ....

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