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Church of St Cuthbert (Norham)

Church of St Cuthbert, Norham. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Church of St Cuthbert, Norham. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

The present church at Norham was begun in 1165 at the same time as Norham Castle, and was probably designed by the same architect. The earliest parts of the building are the chancel, arches and the wall above the south side of the nave. In 1320 the church was occupied and fortified by Robert the Bruce during a siege of the castle. The east end of the church was damaged at this time and replaced in 1340. The church was restored in 1619 after possibly being roofless for 100 years. The aisle walls were demolished and new aisles built in the mid-19th century. The tower was built in 1837. However, the presence of a large number of Anglo-Saxon carved stones show that an earlier, ninth century AD church stood here. Many of these remains were found when the church was being restored in the 19th century. The stones were probably part of carved stone crosses, though some may have been grave markers. It is probable that this earlier church stood beneath the current one, but a slight platform recorded nearby in the graveyard, may also have been its location. Norham Church is a Grade I Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N919
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
20th Century (1901 to 2000)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Conservation area
Listed Building
Event(s):WATCHING BRIEF, St Cuthbert's Church, Norham 2009; The Archaeological Practice Ltd

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Source of Reference
Local History of Norham

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