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Church of St Mary (Ovingham)

Church of St Mary, Ovingham. 
Photo by Harry Rowland.
Church of St Mary, Ovingham. Photo by Harry Rowland.

St Mary's Church is the parish church for Ovingham. The church was built in the 11th century, in the late Anglo-Saxon period. The tower and parts of the nave are Anglo-Saxon and it has the tallest tower of this period in the Tyne Valley. Most of the rest of the church was built in the 13th century. Objects in the church include two pieces of Anglo-Saxon carved stone. Each stone was once part of a stone cross. Also in the church is a stone head with three faces, which may have been brought to the church accidentally in a load of stone used for repairs to the church in the 20th century. A native British person probably carved this stone in the Roman period. St Mary's Church is a Grade I Listed Building and is protected by law.

Reference number:N10117
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Conservation area
Listed Building
Event(s):WATCHING BRIEF, Archaeological recording at St Mary the Virgin, Ovingham 2000
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Ovingham to Wylam, Northumberland. Preliminary archaeological assessment 2007; Tyne and Wear Museums

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Source of Reference
Local History of Ovingham


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