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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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    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.

    Autumn Scene of St Cuthberts
    Church
    Greenhead

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

    St Michael & All Angels Church
    Church
    Houghton-le-Spring

    This stunning ancient parish church is a place of revelation, hope and encounter where you will find 1000 years of Christianity and 4000 years of human history.

    Exterior of St Marys Catholic Cathedral
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    This Cathedral is one of the finest works of Augustus Welby Pugin (designer of the Houses of Parliament) and has some of the most impressive stained-glass windows (including the new Tyneside industrial Heritage window) and tile-work (including a new floor) in the north of England.

    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 ).

    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.

     

    Church
    Gosforth

    The church commands a prime position on a beautiful tree lined site in a prosperous suburb a short walk from Gosforth High Street where there are shops, cafes and amenities.

    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.

    Kirkhaugh from South
    Church
    Alston

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

    St Chad's
    Church
    Bensham

    This hidden treasure was built as a cathedral for working people. Very beautiful, with a lovely atmosphere.

    Church
    Haydon Bridge

    Dedicated to St Cuthbert, this church is a hidden gem with amazing views over the tyne valley. It is said said to be oneof the many resting places of St Cuthbert's bones.

    Holy Cross
    Church
    Haltwhistle

    Beautiful ancient church with fabulous stained glass.

    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.

    External
    Church
    Durham

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

    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.

    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 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.
    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.

    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.

     

    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.

    St Peter's at Monkwearmouth
    Church
    Sunderland

    The monastery and original home of the Venerable Bede, monk and scholar, AD 674.

    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.

    St Luke's Church
    Church
    Durham

    Pleasant, clean and friendly.

    Exterior of Easington Parish Church
    Church
    Easington

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

    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 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.

    All Saints Exterior
    Church
    Cleadon

    Fine examples of stained glass by two artists and artwork on the walls from one of these and another artist.

    Exterior of St Mary & St Cuthbert's
    Church
    Chester-le-Street

    A beautiful 13th Century church with a well preserved Anker's House Museum, it houses a copy of the Lindesfarne Gospels.

    St Thomas the Apostles Church
    Church
    Stanhope

    Historic St Thomas’ Church and fossil tree is in Stanhope, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    St Paul's Exterior
    Church
    Branxton

    Tranquil ancient sacred space and historically important Flodden Battlefield church.

    Tunstall Chapel
    Church
    Durham

    Durham Castle has two chapels. The Norman Chapel is older than the cathedral, with unusual carvings.

    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.

    St Mary Magdalene in the snow
    Church
    Whalton

    Largely medieval church displaying the evolution of a well-developed 13thC church from a Norman core. Carvings in stonework and a turret clock dated 1796.

    A view of Rothbury
    Church
    Rothbury

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

    St Mary the Virgin Church in Ovingham
    Church
    Ovingham

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

    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'

    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.

    Outside St Lawrences Church in Warkworth
    Church
    Warkworth

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

    St Andrew's RC Church
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    St Andrew’s (Worswick Street) is a historic Roman Catholic church in the heart of the city centre. It is a fine example of mid-Victorian Roman Catholic church architecture.

    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

    All Saints at Ryal
    Church
    Ryal

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

    Sunny Day at Ingram
    Church
    Alnwick

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

    St Mary
    Church
    Blanchland

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

    Church from the Street
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    Built c. 1188; original south wall and chancel arch; priest’s door, leper window. Adjacent to historic Cockfield Fell (walker’s leaflets available).

    St Mary's at Stamfordham
    Stamfordham

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

    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.

    St Andrew's Roker
    Church
    Roker

    Consecrated 1907, known as the Arts & Crafts Cathedral of the North.  Contains Tapestry by Burne Jones, Carpet by William Morris, Stained glass windows by Paine. The altar can be seen from all points of church.

    Lantern Tower
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    A medieval church building with a spectacular lantern tower, located in the heart of the city, with lots to discover inside.

    St Mary's at Mitford
    Church
    Mitford

    This church, positioned opposite the remains of Mitford castle, dates from 1135 and houses an historic bell and leper squint.

    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.

    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 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
    Elsdon

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

    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.

    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.

    St Ebba Beadnell
    Church
    Beadnell

    Our many holiday visitors comment on this peaceful, beautiful little church, a place for quiet prayer and contemplation.

    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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

    Church
    Hexham

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

    St Marys in Gainford
    Church
    Darlington

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

    St Mungo's Church
    Church
    Hexham

    Beautiful 13th century church with a long history of worship by local families through the centuries.

    Newbiggin Methodist Chapel
    Church
    Barnard Castle

    Believed to be the oldest Methodist chapel in the world in continuous use, whose history is inextricably linked with the rise and decline of lead mining in Teesdale.

    St Cuthbert's
    Church
    Bellingham

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

    St Edmund's Church
    Church
    Edmundbyers

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

    St James the Great's Church
    Church
    Morpeth

    St James is a fine Victorian church in Morpeth. It’s open every day, so come and see it.

    Church and Coastline
    Church
    Berwick-upon-Tweed

    Listed in Jenkins' 'Thousand Best churches'. Founded in 1650 and set within the historic Elizabethan walls of Berwick, in England’s most northerly parish. The only church to have been built in such a distinctive style during the commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell.

    Holy Trinity, Old Bewick
    Church
    Alnwick

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

    St Andrew's in Newcastle
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    An oasis of peace in a truly wonderful historic church hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    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.

    Exterior
    Church
    Brancepeth

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

    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 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.

    Keenley Methodist Chapel - Winter View
    Church
    Allendale Town

    The year 1750 is embossed in lead on the porch doorway and services are held once every fortnight. Inside there is a warm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional country chapel complete with a pot bellied stove. Sheep and cattle graze in the next field and dry stone walls bound a woodland fringe and hay meadows. It is a place of peace and tranquillity.

    Exterior of St Edmunds
    Church
    Gateshead

    St Edmund's is a rare example of a 13th century pilgrim's chapel and is also the home of a new gallery, Sanctuary Artspace.

    Church
    Hexham

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

    Beautiful Glass Font Bowl
    Church
    Durham

    Our Church warmly welcomes you to meet with God and share in worship and fellowship with us.

    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.

    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.

    Exterior of St Aidan's Church
    Church
    Hartlepool

    St. Aidan’s Church stands in a prominent position in Hartlepool at the junction of Oxford Street and Stockton Road. It is a red brick Victorian building, designed in the Early English style and was dedicated in 1890.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Whitley Bay St paul's Church view from Whitley Road
    Church
    Whitley Bay
    The church was built in 1864 and paid for by the Fourth Duke of Northumberland and designed by Anthony Salvin renowned architect of the romantic period.
     
    In the grave yard are located three of Whitley's famours men namely Thomas Thompson known as the father of Whitley Bay, Capt. William Wookey of the Horse Artillery who served in the Crimea war and Capt. Thomas Henderson one of the pioneers of the Royal Flying corps during the First World War and who flew in support of Lawrence of Arabia who he knew well. There are also graves of those who served during the First World War.
    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.

    Church Driveway
    Church
    Carham

    Stunning setting on banks of Tweed and lovely building.

    St Mary the Virgin at Shincliffe
    Church
    Durham

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

    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.

    Heddon-on-the-Wall
    Church
    Heddon-on-the-Wall
    Archaeologically fascinating medieval church, evidence of Saxon church, early Norman chancel, rib-vaulted east bay.
    High House Chapel and Museum
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    High House Chapel is the oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel in continuous use since it was built in 1760.

    Church
    Darlington

    St Andrew Haughton-Le-Skerne

    Eighton St Thomas (1)
    Church
    Gateshead

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

    Church
    North Sunderland

    Come and experience the calm and peace of this beautiful, spacious and simple church, uniquely unaltered structurally since its completion in 1834 to the design of Anthony Salvin.

    Church
    Hexham

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

    Brunswick Methodist Church
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    Brunswick Methodist Church is a vibrant city centre church committed to serving God, open seven days a week serving many diverse communities including many vulnerable men and women.

    St Helen's Church
    Church
    Low Fell

    A beautiful Victorian church built in 1876 with awesome stained glass windows, a fantastic roof and a great historic organ.

    St Mary Magdalene at Trimdon
    Church
    Durham

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

    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.

    Exterior of St James & St Basil
    Art and Architecture
    Fenham

    J’s and B’s is a beautiful Arts and Crafts church built in 1931, open daily for prayer and reflection. 

    St Mary's Church and Churchyard at Holy Island
    Church
    Holy Island

    The oldest building on Holy Island, the only building that retains work from the Saxon period. It is very likely that St. Aidan worshipped on this site from arriving in 635 AD.

    Lambley Chancel
    Church
    Brampton

    A lovely, peaceful little church in an idyllic setting

    Interior of St John the Baptist's Church
    Church
    Egglescliffe

    Our church is 800 years old. It has some interesting woodwork which is 350 years old.

    St Peters Church in Bywell
    Church
    Bywell

    See the tower through the gates. Come inside the Norman building. See lancet windows, stone carvings, a village school room, and fire damaged walls outside.

    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.

    St Hilda's by Night
    Church
    Hartlepool

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

    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.

    Exterior
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    13th century collegiate church with Saxon remains, of particular interest is a Saxon cross reconstructed using both original late 8th century and modern replacement sections of stonework.

    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.

    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.

    Knaresdale Exterior
    Church
    Alston

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

    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.

    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.

    Beltingham St Cuthbert's Church - outside
    Church
    Hexham

    A regularly used beautiful old church, set in a quiet historical corner of Northumberland.

    Exterior of All Saints, Fulwell
    Church
    Fulwell

    The Church of All Saints was designed in the ‘Early English’ Style by John Dobson and was consecrated in October 1849. It is regarded both nationally and internationally as the birthplace of the Modern Pentecostal movement.

    Our Lady at Delaval
    Church
    Seaton Delaval

    A small, serene, historic church, which is more than 900 years old and is still in use regularly for Sunday services and weddings etc.

    Holy Trinity at Matfen
    Matfen

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

    Arial View of Hexham Abbey
    Church
    Hexham

    Situated in the heart of the market town of Hexham, Hexham Abbey is one of the most-visited free attractions in the North East and has a new visitor centre, an interactive exhibition, cafe, and shop.

    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.  

    Exterior of St George's in Jesmond
    Church
    Jesmond

    St. George’s, Jesmond, a Grade I listed nineteenth century church is ‘one of the outstanding ecclesiastical buildings in the north of England’.

    Church
    Morpeth

    Come and visit St Aidan’s Church. A warm, welcoming environment awaits you. We have activities happening in church on a daily basis with tea, coffee and cake on offer! We are in the process of developing our outdoor area into a community garden which will lead to a community café! 

    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.

    Church
    Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

    St Bartholomew's Church is an ancient site of Christian gathering which has over many years ministered to the ever changing needs of the community of Newbiggin with the constant assurance of God's love. Its position adjacent to the sea, at the end of the long bay, makes it a striking landmark for those who travel by land and sea. You get a deep sense of rootedness, continuity and peace here. 

    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.

    Outside St Cuthberts Church in Norham
    Church
    Norham

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

    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.

    St Gregorys Church in Kirknewton
    Church
    Kirknewton

    'More to this church than meets the eye' (Pevsner). A site of Christian worship since the 11th century or earlier, the chancel and south transept date from the late 15th century.

    St Nicholas Churchyard
    Church
    Gosforth

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

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