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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of Northumberland

by Peter Kessler, 19 February 2020

Tynedale Part 1: Churches of Great Bavington & Kirkwhelpington

Great Bavington United Reformed Church, Northumberland

Great Bavington United Reformed Church is on south side of the road, behind the first row of houses, with an entrance just ten metres east of the road turning north. Built in 1693 as Great Bavington Presbyterian Church, it is the oldest such building in the county still to be used for worship (and the second oldest in England after Tunley in Lancashire). It was built by a determined local effort following the changes of the late 1600s that allowed nonconformist worship.

St Bartholomew's Church, Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland

St Bartholomew's Church, Kirkwhelpington, lies between Meadowlands and The Crofts, on the left bank of the River Wansbeck. Consisting of dressed stone and a roof of Lakeland slate, its earliest sections were built in the twelfth century. The chancel and nave are largely thirteenth century with fifteenth century alterations. The west tower was started in the 1100s or 1200s, and it is low, squat, and heavily buttressed externally. The building was restored in 1897.

All photos on this page kindly contributed by Douglas Law via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group.



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