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Evidence of large Saxon church in naive - four Saxon windows high up. Blocked doorway to Porticus (Saxon). Medieval chancel and chapel. Ecbert consecrated Bishop of Lindisfarne here. 1174 ceded to Benedictine house at Durham so the "Black Church".
The imposing tower and once buttressed monastic walls look grand. Walk past the great west door and find the porch on the south wall. Inside you will quickly find maps and descriptions of many special features. These include the font and a bust of Edward I, old English lancet windows and round topped clerestory windows.
The chapel on the north side was used as a school room before the village was ‘moved’ to the south of the river. The windows are dedicated in memory of the Wailes family. Above the west door you will see a blocked up doorway with no apparent external access. There is evidence of fire damage [from 1285] around another blocked off door external to the ‘school room’. Several former clergy have memorials both inside and outside the church. You will find a list of named clergy dating from 1147. The chancel is a ‘late’ addition and is not quite in line with the rest of the building. It is also unusual in that the nave and chancel roof are the same height of about 26 feet. The church is well worth a visit
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