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Exploring Churchyards

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The churchyards associated with many of the churches featured in this website are wonderful places. Some have beautiful gardens, others are left as meadows to attract wildlife. Some are oases in the heart of cities, while others offer glorious rural views. Each churchyard has something special about it.

For example, there are beautiful church gardens to enjoy at St Gregory’s at Kirknewton, St Lawrence’s in Warkworth, St Michael and All Angels at Witton Gilbert has a nature trail, and St Thomas’s in Stanhope has a unique Fossil Tree.

The large churchyard at St Alban’s in Earsdon has poignant memories of the Hartley Pit Disaster of 1862, set in lovely scenery. Meanwhile St James’ churchyard in Benwell, Newcastle is urban oasis with historic graves and a family trail to follow.

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    South Side of Escomb
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    This 7th century Saxon Church is one of the oldest in England, built from stone from the Roman fort at Binchester.

    Autumn Scene of St Cuthberts
    Church
    Greenhead

    Originally designed by John Dobson, a church with an interesting spire and Kempe Glass.

    Holy Trinity at Horsley
    Church
    Horsley

    Built in 1844 by 2nd Lord Redesdale - architects J & B Green. Important estate church with strong links to the Mitford family.

    Exterior of All Saints, Lanchester
    Church
    Lanchester

    Founded 1147. Roman pillars and altar. Mediaeval glass & misericords. Squinch arch. Locomotive pioneer. Mice galore and much more!

    St Marys in Gainford
    Church
    Darlington

    Grade I medieval church founded before 800 in beautiful location on village green.

    Sunderland Minster
    Church
    Sunderland

    A beautiful serene example of an ancient church surviving in a modern age with something for everyone to enjoy and nice friendly staff who are more than happy to help.

    St Mary
    Church
    Blanchland

    Blanchland got its name from the white habits worn by monks of the Premonstratensian order who founded Blanchland Abbey.

    Porch in bloom
    Church
    Whickham

    St. Mary's has been at the heart of the community for many centuries and is an important historic treasure of Tyneside.

    St John the Baptist, Newcastle
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    St John's is one of the oldest churches in the city. It is open daily and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

    St Hilda's by Night
    Church
    Hartlepool

    Magnificent Early English church, enormous buttresses, 7th Century name-stone. Visitor Centre with multimedia displays.

    Exterior of St Mary's at Etal
    Church
    Etal

    Set in the grounds of Etal Manor, this church (designed by William Butterfield) was built 1856-58 by Lady Augusta FitzClarence as a burial place for her husband Lord Frederick (one of the illegitimate sons of King William IV ).

    Eighton St Thomas (1)
    Church
    Gateshead

    A simple building of quiet dignity built with local sandstone with a Welsh slate roof. Consecrated in 1854

    St Mark's Church exterior
    Church
    Allendale Town

    St. Mark’s Church at Ninebanks offers breathtaking views over the remote West Allen valley and a fascinating local history and is on the Isaac’s Tea Trail North Pennines Heritage Walk

    Church
    Hexham

    A small Grade 2 listed church in a unique and beautiful location. The current church was consecrated in 1100.

    External of St John the Evangelist
    Church
    Spennymoor

    Built on Norman foundations with typical 16th C Cosin woodwork.  From here on a clear day it is said you can see three counties.

    All Saints at Ryal
    Church
    Ryal

    A simple but beautiful little country church, with some ancient Norman gravestones embedded in the wall.

    Church Building
    Church
    Bolam

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

    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    Now a grade II listed building, Corsenside Church was built to shelter St Cuthbert's coffin over 1000 years ago.

    St Edmund's Church
    Church
    Edmundbyers

    Our small stone church has an interesting history, a peaceful churchyard and attractive views.

    Exterior of St Oswald's
    Church
    Durham

    A 12th-century church with fine stained glass, woodwork, sculpture and bells, and a beautiful and interesting churchyard.

    Beautiful Day at St Michael's
    Church
    Ford

    A church in a magnificent setting with a fine view of the Cheviot and Flodden hill from the porch. The building dates from the 13th century and has always been closely associated with Ford Castle and whoever owned it.

    St Edwin's Church
    Church
    Darlington

    This beautiful 12th century church (with 14th century spire) stands high above the River Tees. Coniscliffe means King’s Cliff; Edwin was first Christian King of Northumbria.

    St James
    Church
    Benwell

    Opened in 1833, designed by celebrated Newcastle architect John Dobson, the church has many historical and architectural features of interest. Its graveyard contains many significant memorials.

    St Paul's at Winlaton
    Church
    Blaydon On Tyne

    Interesting Georgian church to a design by Ignatius Bench in 1823 and re-ordered to Ecclesiastical principles in 1894.

    St Cuthberts Church in Elsdon
    Churchyard/Burial Ground
    Elsdon

    14th Century church, Roman tombstone, medieval grave covers, exquisite windows, historic churchyard, 18th century carved headstones, two medieval stone coffins.

    Exterior of Easington Parish Church
    Church
    Easington

    Twelfth Century Grade I listed building with a historic place in the Durham Diocesan history.

    Church Driveway
    Church
    Carham

    Stunning setting on banks of Tweed and lovely building.

    St Marys Across the Green
    Church
    Ponteland

    Norman church in centre of village. Lovely old stone, with some interesting memorials. A place of peace and quiet - the churchyard is beautiful when the spring bulbs are out.

    Alston St Augustine
    Church
    Alston

    Set in the beautiful North Pennines, Alston is the highest market town in England, and St Augustine's houses the unique single-handed Derwentwater Clock.

    Looking North East to St Pauls
    Church
    Jarrow

    Here you can see the 7th Century building where the Saxon monk St. Bede worshiped and the 11th Century Norman tower.

    St Nicholas Churchyard
    Church
    Gosforth

    A beautiful church, over 200 years old but on a very old site dating back to Saxon times.

    St Mary Magdalene at Trimdon
    Church
    Durham

    Built in 1155 we have a Norman chancel with an unusual horseshoe arch.

    Garrigill St John Chancel - Front door
    Church
    Alston

    The church is a peaceful haven beside the Pennine Way with a wildlife conservation project in the churchyard.

    View of St Wilfrid's
    Church
    Kirknewton

    Beautiful light 14th century Grade 1 listed church in which Capability Brown was baptised. This little church consists simply of a nave and chancel, but has striking interior features.

    Sunny day at St Oswald's Church
    Church
    Wall

    A delightful hilltop church believed to be the location where King Oswald (604 -642) raised a large wooden cross before the Battle of Heavenfield (AD 635).

    St Thomas' from the East
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    Church was built 1915, stone built with Westmorland slate roof, Bellcote with one bell.  Nave and chancel, one aisle.  Nelson organ.

    Sunny Exterior of St Michael's
    Church
    Felton

    St Michael and All Angels is a Grade 1 Listed Building set in a conservation area in the village of Felton.  The delightful old church and its beautiful churchyard (a previous Northumbria in Bloom winner) provide a tranquil place to pause, reflect and feel refreshed.

    Whitworth Parish Church
    Church
    Spennymoor

    First mentioned in 1183 in the Bolden Book. Rebuilt in the 19th C. Two 13th C stone effigies of a knight in armour and his lady. Birthplace and burial place of Bonnie Bobby Shafto.

    Outside St Cuthberts Church in Norham
    Church
    Norham

    Described by Simon Jenkins in his "England's Thousand Best Churches" as a "mini-Durham Cathedral".

    St Michaels Church in Alnwick
    Church
    Alnwick

    Spacious perpendicular style church with many medieval features, e.g., Hotspur pillar. 1464 charter of Henry VI that two 'burgesses' of Alnwick rebuilt their church. Patronage of Dukes of Northumberland; Percy connection.

    External
    Church
    Durham

    A beautiful church in central Durham. For 850 years it has provided prayerful, peaceful space for any visitor to enjoy.

    Church External
    Church
    Chillingham

    The Church was founded in the 12th century and retains some of the Norman stonework. The South Chapel of Our Lady contains the 15th century tomb of Sir Ralph Grey and his wife Elizabeth.

    Sunny Day at Ingram
    Church
    Alnwick

    A beautiful church set in a large rural churchyard, an ideal place for quiet meditation.

    Church Exterior
    Church
    Byrness

    A Chapel of Ease built in 1786. Has a wonderful window commemorating the work people who died while the Catcleugh dam was built from 1894-1905.

    A view of Rothbury
    Church
    Rothbury

    An ancient and interesting Church, full of historical information, a quite, peaceful  sanctuary.

    Lambley Chancel
    Church
    Brampton

    A lovely, peaceful little church in an idyllic setting

    St Mary the Virgin at Longframlington
    Church
    Longframlington

    St Mary’s dating from 1190, has a fine Norman chancel arch, as well as good Victorian stained glass, and a carved altar and font cover from the early 20th century.  It is at the centre of a thriving Christian community, with a community room completed in 2012 attached to the north wall.

    The Tower
    Church
    Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Ancroft Church is dedicated to St Anne, the mother of Mary, so the granny of Jesus. Follow the trail quiz and climb to the top of the tower to see the sea.

    Nenthead exterior
    Church
    Alston

    The highest parish church in England, set in a beautiful, wild churchyard at the top of the hillThe highest parish church in England, set in a beautiful, wild churchyard at the top of the hill.

     

    St Alban Church and Churchyard
    Church
    Earsdon

    A 19th century church  opened in 1837 but at least the third on the site, the earliest dating back to the 1100s and built by monks from Tynemouth whose ‘mother’ house was in St. Alban’s - hence the patronage of the church.

    Kirkhaugh from South
    Church
    Alston

    A haven of peace and spirituality in the depths of the countryside.

    Church
    Hexham

    A fine, small, country parish church with beautiful views of unspoilt Northumbrian countryside in a quiet but easily accessible hamlet.

    Exterior
    Church
    Brancepeth

    St. Brandon’s is stunning: it’s over 900 years old, but recently - and beautifully -  restored after a fire in 1998.

    Front of St Mary's at Seaham
    Church
    Seaham

    'One of the finest small churches in the country dating back to the 7th/8th century' according to E. Fernie, 'Anglo Saxon Churches'

    Church
    Hexham

    A Grade 2 listed chapel of ease designed by John C Hawes in the Arts and Crafts style

    St Cuthbert's
    Church
    Bellingham

    Twelfth-century Grade 1 church. Burned down by Border Reivers. Rebuilt with rare barrel-vaulted stone roof.

    St Mary the Virgin Church in Ovingham
    Church
    Ovingham

    Late Saxon West Tower, 12th Century porch, original long lancet windows at east end.

    St Andrew's
    Church
    Aycliffe

    An ancient ecclesiastical centre, collection of 2 Saxon crosses dating from the 9thC, Saxon interior, jacobean pulpit, organ screen and pews.

    Durham St Giles South Wall
    Church
    Durham

    St Giles is a 900 year old Church of England (Anglican) church at the heat of its community in Gilesgate, Durham.  

    Outside St Lawrences Church in Warkworth
    Church
    Warkworth

    Medieval church with Saxon foundation (737 AD), remarkable vaulted chancel. Also Hermitage nearby.

    St Mary the Virgin at Shincliffe
    Church
    Durham

    St Mary’s is a charming mid-nineteenth century village church on the outskirts of Durham.

    Church
    North Shields

    A rare church built on the orders of Cromwell’s Commissioners during the Commonwealth which has grown and developed over 350 years to be a stunning example of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

    Church
    Hexham

    A small Grade 2* listed church with a small tower and spire.  A church has stood here since the 7th century, the current church was consecrated in 1090.

    South Aisle Porch and Tower
    Church
    Morpeth

    Ancient Parish Church, over 700 years old, set in a peaceful churchyard with a glorious fourteenth century Tree of Jesse window.

    Bothal Church (with kind permission of Mr. Keith Saint)
    Church
    Morpeth

    Wonderful, quiet, sacred space with most interesting medieval stained glass and knight’s tomb.

     

    Listed 18th Century Tombstone
    Church
    Lowick

    Visitors, sometime from as far away as Australia and the USA have described the church in the visitors book as ‘impressive’ and ‘lovely; they admire the particular peaceful quality of the building.

    Knaresdale Exterior
    Church
    Alston

    An attractive little country church with a painted altar, fine stained glass and medieval gravestones.

    St Andrews Church in Corbridge
    Church
    Corbridge
    Important Saxon Church. Impressive 13thC remains - particularly east end lancet windows. Roman arch to baptistery. 14thC Vicar's Pele, built of Roman stones, in churchyard - needed because of Scots raids from 1296.
    St Mary's at Stamfordham
    Churchyard/Burial Ground
    Stamfordham

    A stunning Grade 1 listed church with Saxon origins. Lots of fascinating ancient monuments and a beautiful churchyard.

    St Paul's Exterior
    Church
    Branxton

    Tranquil ancient sacred space and historically important Flodden Battlefield church.

    Church and Graveyard
    Church
    Barnard Castle

    A church with links to Richard III, a rare indoor labyrinth and one of the largest fonts in the country.

    Holy Trinity at Matfen
    Churchyard/Burial Ground
    Matfen

    A beautiful 19th-century church with a fine spire, a lovely atmosphere and a beautiful churchyard.

    St Laurence's Church
    Church
    Pittington

    One of County Durham’s finest Norman churches with 12thC arcades, Norman font and a rare 12thC wall painting.

    Holy Trinity, Old Bewick
    Church
    Alnwick

    A beautiful ancient church set in a large rural churchyard, an ideal place for quiet meditation.

    The Church of St Mary Magdalene
    Church
    Hartlepool

    This is an ancient enigmatic building in a rural setting of Hart Village. Church is adjacent to the remains of the de Brus Manor House and Medieval Fish Pond field.

    Outside St Aidans in Bamburgh
    Church
    Bamburgh

    A church was founded on this site in 635 by St Aidan; the site of his death is marked by a shrine within the present church which dates from the end of the 12th century. A squint, a fine reredos, and a memorial to the Victorian heroine are amongst some of the many treasures of this delightful parish church.

    Church
    Church
    Ellingham

    Ellingham Parish Church is situated in the woodland East of the village of Ellingham – you may just see the tower above the trees as you approach.

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