St Andrew

This beautiful Saxon church is a hidden gem nestling in the rolling countryside of mid Northumberland, an oasis of calm in todays world of noise and rush. Spirituality and a sense of peace seem to seep from its ancient stones.

About this church

St Andrew's dates back to Saxon times. The tower is of a late Saxon period but the interior is largely Norman with the arcading dated to 1180-1200. The quatrefoil piers with their broad moulded capitals are unique to St Andrew's.

The south door and the eastern section of the chancel are 13th century, the gothic windows in the south aisle date from the 18th century. During the Second World War a German bomb was dropped and lodged under the Dent chapel fortunately it did not explode. The late Lionel Evatts created the leaded window which recalls the event. The bomber pilot returned some 60 years later to apologise, an event which made the national newspapers.

There are several interesting grave slabs in the church including a splendid effigy of Sir Robert de Reymes who fought in the Scottish wars of the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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