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Haydon Bridge Church is hidden away in a copse of trees, up the side of a hill overlooking the little town of Haydon Bridge (pop. 2000) Yet again it is one of the places where those long suffering monks carting St.Cuthberts corpse around for a hundred years ended up to have a rest. (For more on ST.Cuthbert see HERE) .Β  There is a great deal of doubt as to when this little church was originally built; if the bones of St. Cuthbert did rest there, it must have been in existence before the saint found his last resting place in Durham Cathedral in 995.

If that’s the case, it was rebuilt in the Norman style round about AD 1190, with re-used Roman stones, possibly from nearby Hadrians wall. It was given to the monks of Hexam Abbey by the Lord of Langley, the landowner at that time.Β  The church was partly demolished, leaving only the chancel with the stones taken from it to build the new parish church in the village. It was then converted into a mortuary chapel before being restored in 1882.

We parked a little way down the other side of the hill where there’s a space my little car fits into, and there are lovely views all around.

Up the hill and there’s a gate to go through first

and then you walk through an amazing tunnel of Yew trees.

and then come into the grounds of the little church.

The door was open so we went in to have a look.

There are some lovely stained glass windows,

14th century window with stained glass in memory of Jane Routledge, who left a bequest of 20 pounds annually to spinsters or widows of Haydon chapelry.

The church organ is a Packard from Fort Wayne Indiana of all places, and looking at their website were quite a famous company- these organs are collectors items now.Β  I’m not sure how old this one is but the company made organs from 1872 – 1914, this one looks pretty old.

In the North wall is a blocked off doorway which probaby lead to a sacristy and there are carved figures on some of the block-stones.

There was a wonderful old grave slab set in the chancel floor, I think that’s the oldest I’ve come across on my travels

Here Lieth Hugh Brawne, The son of Captain Edmund Brawne Esquire, who deceased on the 25 of March Ano Domini 1636 ~ Charles 1st on the throne at this time.

Outside the graveyard is quite unkempt, but full of old gravestones.

Both Sophie and I missed getting a photo of the font, made from a roman alter, though no inscriptions on it. Never mind as it wasn’t that aesthetic.

After that we still had some afternoon left, so decided to go to the place where the North and South rivers of the Tyne meet, which was on our way home and somewhere I’d always wanted to see, not sure why but hey-ho I have these odd needs. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

so stay tooned for that!



33 comments on “Haydon Bridge Church

  1. beetleypete says:

    I love those small interesting churches. And a 1600s gravestone is hard to find!
    Very nice work, FR. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes was well chuffed with that, though it’s spoiled me for the 1700s now! Cheers Pete! 😊

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  2. rabirius says:

    Lovely church ans surrounding nature.

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    1. It is! Thanks for visiting!


  3. Sue says:

    You do find some interesting places, Fraggle!

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  4. Great pictures! This is all very English, the church, the landscape. I need to go back to Great Brittain soon.

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    1. Thanks! Be sure to visit Northumberland if you do, it’s lovely here. We have our 2 weeks of summer around end of August, beginning of September! πŸ˜€

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  5. -N- says:

    Oh, times are I am so envious . . . to explore such beautiful countryside, see such wonderful historical places as if they are everyday things . . . A friend visited from Europe once and laughed at our “antique” stores which featured appliances from the 1930s! I think that says it all.

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    1. Hah 1930 far too young to be antique!

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      1. -N- says:

        If it’s older than me, it’s antique. πŸ™‚

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  6. You visit the most interesting places! That’s funny about the organ being from Indiana. I wonder what the story is behind that.πŸ€”

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    1. Another mystery I can’t find the answer to, sigh. I would need to return and take proper shots, send them to Indiana and see if they have a record of it. Maybe one day!

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  7. Jay says:

    Oh the yews!
    Love the photos of stained glass as well, how magnificent.

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  8. A place of worship for over 1,000 years! If only it were possible somehow to unlock what those stones have seen and heard in that time…..

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    1. I just want to know how they got that organ! πŸ™‚


  9. April Munday says:

    Is there an old church in the North East where poor St Cuthbert’s body didn’t rest?

    That yew tunnel is lovely.

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      1. April Munday says:

        That is interesting.

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  10. The (truly) β€œamazing tunnel of Yew trees” photo captivated me. It almost feels like it could be a transition to a magical land, sort of like the closet in Narnia … πŸ™‚

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    1. It is rather special, thanks for visiting!


  11. AK says:

    The windows look great, such skill and imagination to create work like that.

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  12. Michelle GD says:

    So interesting! And what a beautiful little church that is.

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  13. This is fascinating. Whenever I have a chance to visit anywhere with a history, I find myself wondering about all of those that came before and the essence they may have left there. I found this a lot in Italy and Hungary as well, as if you could feel the history through your hand on the walls. Amazing to have so much history around you! Love this!

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    1. Thanks, I am lucky to have so much of it in easy travelling distance.

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  14. steviegill says:

    What a lovely little church and graveyard!

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