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After Sophie and I had our walk on Embleton Beach we decided to have a look around Embleton Church.

Embleton Church Tower

Known as the Church of the Holy Trinity, the oldest part of it is the lowest level of the tower, and is the only identifiable bit from the 12th century, and it has two blocked Norman windows. At this point in time the church would have had a Nave without aisles and a chancel only. The aisles were added around 1200. The upper levels of the tower were added in the 14th century. At the top is an open battlement, which is unusual for northern churches.

As you enter through the South Porch which dates from the 15th century, there are some old tomb slabs set into the walls.

The shears to the left of the cross indicate a woman’s burial.

There is also a lovely green man carved boss carved into the ceiling of the porch.

The church has undergone many restorations, especially in the 1800’s. In 1803 the mediaeval chancel was replaced by a plain classical one with a flat ceiling. You can see in the picture below an outline of a blocked window which would have looked out over the chancel roof. The last time the chancel was replaced in 1887 the axis of the chancel was, and remains, inclined. Β No-one seems to know why, but apparently it wasn’t uncommon.

Looking toward the chancel.

looking toward the Nave

At the back of the church is an ornate spiral staircase for the bellringers to climb up into the tower.

Stairway to heaven.

There are some lovely stained glass windows made by Charles Eamer Kempe, a famous glass designer and manufacturer in the 1800’s.

South Aisle- in memory of the Forsters, 1856. (not sure who they were but one was a doctor).


The Craster family (no not the incestuous bad guy wildling in G.O.T you know, where Gilly came from) are an ancient family in Northumberland, and you might have seen my previous post on the village of Craster which was owned by the family. The church has a Craster Porch at the north-east end of the north aisle with the Craster arms and memorial slabs.

Shafto Craster Craster. Best. Name. Ever πŸ™‚

We had a look around the graveyard, it had a gorgeous blossom tree,

In 1870 a number of coins were discovered in the churchyard at Embleton. The coins are known as groats. The groat is the traditional name of a long-defunct English and Irish silver coin worth four pence, and also a Scottish coin which was originally worth fourpence, with later issues being valued at eightpence and one shilling. They were minted between the reigns of Edward II and Edward IV, the earliest coin dating to about 1351 and the latest about 1464. I can’t find which museum they are in, but Merton College Oxford have been the patrons of Embleton church since 1274, so it’s conceivable that they have them somewhere, but that’s pure conjecture on my part. Also wondering why M.C Oxford would be a patron of this church, but can’t find anything on it as yet.

So that’s it for Embleton!

full album can be viewed HERE

Next time we’re starting a day out on a riverside walk at Allen Banks, a hidden Norman church, and the convergence of the Rivers Tyne.

Stay Tooned!

refs :– Leaflet from Embleton Church,,_Embleton


39 comments on “Embleton Church ~ April 2019

  1. Dina says:

    Thanks for taking us along to the lovely church, FR. The ornate spiral staircase for used by the bell ringers are a gem.

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  2. Well, obviously, they don’t build them the way they used to. lol
    But the attention to all the little details was amazing. That spiral staircase looks amazing. Same for the stain glass windows.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting!


  3. Shafto Craster Craster – Yeah that is one great name!

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    1. I thought so 😊 cheers Graham.

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  4. Sue says:

    Love that ornate spiral staircase!

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    1. Yes that was different! Cheers Sue.

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  5. -N- says:

    Once more, history and its fascinating history (so to speak). The evolution of this church is amazing.

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    1. We have a lot of hotch potch churches here, cheers Naomi.

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  6. enmanscamera says:

    what an interesting old stone church. As always, I really liked your descriptive commentary. I really would enjoy visiting that place and climbing up the spiral stairs you photo’d.

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    1. They were cordoned off 😊 bell ringers only!


  7. How gorgeous! I especially love the staircase and windows.

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    1. Cheers Kim πŸ™‚


  8. April Munday says:

    Lovely. For once a medieval church not ruined by the Victorians, although I’m not keen on the stained glass. The green man looks a bit like Peter Wynegarde

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    1. Haha yes it does! I used to love ‘Jason King’!

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  9. I know I’ve said this before, but I really do love your photography!

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    1. Aw thanks Mike πŸ™‚

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  10. A very nice collection of photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks Marland 😊

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  11. joshi daniel says:

    Beautiful πŸ™‚

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  12. AK says:

    Very nice stained glass window photos.

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  13. richlakin says:

    The green man is wonderful.

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  14. What an astonishing church. Embleton Church has that massive and iron-fisted look from that time periode. Beautiful images, as always.

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  15. Sean says:

    You do such a great job of finding interesting spots to shoot. It’s especially neat to see such an old building because all our oldest ones in Canada are babies compared to this one. Jay and I have talked about one day buying an old church to live in, and this one seems like it would fit the bill nicely!

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    1. These churches are 10 a penny here Sean, it would be cool to have you and Jay in a neighbourhood church! Eventually I’ll get round to posting about Staindrop church which is even more ‘historical’ so keep an eye out 😊


      1. Jay says:

        I have to admit, that spiral staircase does speak to me!

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        1. I hadn’t come across one before in a church, cheers Jay


  16. Love the way you bring the history alive!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. steviegill says:

    That’s a lovely little church. Nice shots.

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