The Parish Church of St. Andrew, Hexham
South Shields Daily Photo had an “away day” yesterday and I visited Hexham in Northumberland, about an hour’s drive from South Shields. Most of the shops were closed as it was a public holiday, which was a shame. but we spent some time in the park enjoying the warm sunshine before taking a quiet look around Hexham Abbey.
There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674.
Of Wilfrid’s Benedictine abbey, the Saxon crypt and apse still remain. In Norman times Wilfrid’s abbey was replaced by an Augustinian priory: the church you see today is mainly that building of about 1170-1250, in the Early English style of architecture. The choir, north and south transepts and the cloisters, where canons studied and meditated, date from this period.
The east end was rebuilt in 1860 and the nave, whose walls incorporate some of the earlier church, was built in 1908.
In 1996 an additional chapel was created at the east end of the north choir aisle. Named ‘St Wilfrid’s Chapel’, it offers a place for prayer or quiet reflection.
Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537 the Abbey has been the parish church of Hexham and today is still a centre for worship and witness to the Christian faith.
This is the view of the high altar and the fantastic 12th. century architecture and glass.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/8, second, f3.5, iso 800