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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 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
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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

    Church Driveway
    Church
    Carham

    Stunning setting on banks of Tweed and lovely building.

    St Paul's Exterior
    Church
    Branxton

    Tranquil ancient sacred space and historically important Flodden Battlefield church.

    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.

    St Mary's at Stamfordham
    Stamfordham

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

    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 ).

    Holy Trinity at Matfen
    Matfen

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

    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.

    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.

    Sunny Day at Ingram
    Church
    Alnwick

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

    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.

    Holy Trinity, Old Bewick
    Church
    Alnwick

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

    Autumn Scene of St Cuthberts
    Church
    Greenhead

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

    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.

    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.

    St Marys in Gainford
    Church
    Darlington

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

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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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