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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Summer at St. Lawrence

#CH1 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

#CH2 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 teh graveyard in Autumn....

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Shining Light

#CH3 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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A Quiet Corner at St Lawrence

#CH4 A Quiet Corner

Take a walk around the old church yard at St Lawrence Warkworth and you can undertsand 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..... → Buy A Print.........
Spring Blossom

#CH5 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

#CH6 Church Blossom

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



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Statue of St. Aidan

#CH7 Statue of St. Aidan

Statue of St. Aidan that stands in teh 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

#CH8 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

#CH9 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

#CH10 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

#CH11 Chapel of a Holy Man

Inside the Hermitage at Waekworth 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 pecafeul place to stand and wonder what life must have been like all alone, for that Holy man..... → Not for Sale.........
Lady's Well

#CH12 Lady's Well

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

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St. Mary The Virgin, Holystone

#CH13 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

#C14 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

#CH15 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

#CH16 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

#CH17 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

#CH18 Spring Time

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

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Quiet Solace

#CH19 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..

#CH20 A Place of Worship..

Inside St. Cuthberts 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

#CH21 A Place Of War..

Looking down the naive towards the alter of St. Cuthberts, 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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St Cuthberts, Norham

#CH22 St Cuthbert's, Norham

The huge churchyard of St Cuthbert's, Norham is still in use, and reputed to hold the remains of St Ceolwulf who was King of Northumbria about the time of St Cuthbert. The coffin of St Cuthbert was brought from Lindisfarne to Norham in A.D. 875 when Danish invaders were threatening the monastery, which was burnt shortly aterwards.....

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Holy Trinity, Old Bewick

#CH23 Holy Trinity, Old Bewick

View of Holy Trinity Church, Old Bewick from the front. Quite a fascinating little church both inside and outside. Sited up a single track track road and not really in a village at all. In fact there are very few houses nearby and service is held only every two weeks for the local farmers and for those who just happen to be visiting at the time.....

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The church yard of Holy Trinity

#CH24 The church yard of Holy Trinity

It really does have a specila feel to the place. Holy Trinity at Old Bewick has had 900 years of 'storm and strife' from Scots invasions and the weather. it was built inthe 12th century and restored in the 13th and 14th century .....

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The Naive of Holy Trinity

#CH25 The Naive of Holy Trinity

Looking down the naive in Holy Trinity, Old Bewick towards the Alter. The naive was fully restored in 1699 and again in 1866 when the chapel roof was also restored......

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Holy Trinity Altar

#CH25 Holy Trinity Altar

The altar of Holy Trinity old Bewic. Just to sit for a few moments and contemplate what life was like when the church was built is truly magnificent, It is a plain church yes but it has something special to it......

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 St. Michael and All Angels Howick

#CH26 St. Michael & All Angels Howick

St. Michael & All Angels is situated inside the grounds to the south-east of Howick Hall and is early victorian. A magnificent church that occupies the site of a much older church built on that site......

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St. Michael & All Angels looking east

#CH27 St. Michael & All Angels looking east

Howick is an old parish with its first recorded priest in 115 called Asket, but the original Normal church predated him. It was replaced by a curious Ionic temple in the mid 18th Century after a fire, and this in turn, after another fire, was converted into the present building in 1849.......

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Inside the church of St. Micahel & All Angels

#CH28 Interior of St. Micahel & All Angels

Inside the church of St. Micahel & All Angels. The church and its graveyard contain a number of memorials to members of the Grey family, of which the most important is the tomb of the Prime Minister, 2nd Earl Grey, which is inside on the south wall opposite the pulpit......

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 Blue Skies O'r Brinkburn

#CH29 Blue Skies O'r Brinkburn

Brinkburn Priory a monastic church whis is thought to have been built no later than 1135 , It truely is a magnificent building set on the bend of the River Coquet. ......

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Manor & Priory

#CH30 Manor & Priory

A view of Brinkburn Priory from the maginificent and well kept lawns also showing is the Manor house which housed the monks. ......

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Manor & Priory

#CH31 Inside The Priory

Th interior of Brinkburn Prioryis something else. It truly is a fabulous place to just wander and gather your thoughts. During the Summer months concerts are often held here ......

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 St Mary's Church Felton

#CH33 St Mary's Church Felton

St Mary’s was built in 1857 as a private place of worship for the Thomas Riddell family and was part of Felton Hall, which came into the family at the turn of the 18th Century, and was known then as the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary. It has now been turned in to private residence..... → Buy A Print.........
St Cuthberts Chapel

#CH34 St Cuthberts Chapel Farne Isles

In the year 678 A.D., Inner Farne was home to St. Cuthbert. After 12 years as Prior of Lindisfarne, St. Cuthbert retired to Inner Farne until he became Bishop of Lindisfarne in 684 A.D.. He returned to Inner Farne when his health deteriorated and died there on March 20, 687 A.D. A church was built on the island in 1370 dedicated to him...... → Buy A Print.........
Interior of St. Cuthberts Chapel

#CH35 Interior of St. Cuthberts Chapel

The interior wood panelling and decoration was designed for Bishop Cosin at Durham Cathedral in 1665 and brought to the Farnes in 1848. Other items such as the altar table and pews came to the chapel later from local sources. The east window was made in Gateshead by the artist and glazier William Wailes and was installed in 1844...... → Buy A Print.........