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 7. Beltingham, Northumberland

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Part 1 - St Cuthbert's Church

St Cuthbert's Church, Beltingham is an ancient and beautiful church set in the centre of the tiny village.

St Cuthbert's Church, Beltingham is an ancient and beautiful church set in the centre of the tiny village. This is a wonderful little church to visit and please leave a few pounds donation to the church to help with the upkeep of this historic treasure. The 15th century church is built in the English perpendicular style though parts are of Norman origin from around 1260.

This is a wonderful little church to visit and please leave a few pounds donation to the church to help with the upkeep of this historic treasure. The 15th century church is built in the English perpendicular style though parts are of Norman origin from around 1260.

PLEASE LEAVE A DONATION FOR THE UPKEEP OF THIS BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED LITTLE CHURCH.

The interior of St Cuthbert's Church, Beltingham.

The interior of St Cuthbert's Church, Beltingham.

 

The stained glass of the east window.

The stained glass of the east window.

 

The ancient yew tree on the north side of the church. It is believed to be nearly 1000 years old, and not surprisingly, it needs a bit of support from several iron rings.

The ancient yew tree on the north side of the church. It is believed to be nearly 1000 years old, and not surprisingly, it needs a bit of support from several iron rings. The gravestone on the left seems to be leaning over in empathy.

 

The remains of an old 7th century Saxon cross stands outside the east end of the church, with the ancient yew tree in the background.

The remains of an old 7th century Saxon cross stands outside the east end of the church, with the ancient yew tree in the background. The cross was brought in from an unknown location and Roman alter stones make up part of the base supports, suggesting the site has a long religious history.

 

A curious and elaborate gravestone?

A curious and elaborate gravestone?

8. Beltingham Part 2 - a village and a walk in Northumberland

A fine house next to St Cuthbert's Church in Beltingham.

A fine house next to St Cuthbert's Church in Beltingham.

 

The centre of the tiny village of Beltingham, in the centre the Lych Gate entrance to St Cuthbert's Church.

The centre of the tiny village of Beltingham, in the centre the Lych Gate entrance to St Cuthbert's Church.

 

Many of the cottages of Beltingham, and their gardens, are adorned with many pretty flowers.

Many of the cottages of Beltingham, and their gardens, are adorned with many pretty flowers.

 

There are several directions to walk from the village of Beltingham. In our case we headed west.

There are several directions to walk from the village of Beltingham. In our case we headed west.

 

In the distance is a 13th-17th century fortified house called Willimontswick. (enlarged below)

In the distance is a 13th-17th century fortified house called Willimontswick. (enlarged below)

In the distance is a 13th-17th century fortified house called Willimontswick. (enlarged below)

 

The area provides quiet, pleasant and relatively undramatic vistas.

The area provides quiet, pleasant and relatively undramatic vistas.

 

Looking north to the low hills beyond Bardon Mill.

Looking north to the low hills beyond Bardon Mill.

 

On returning to Beltingham, you can see Riding Mill Bridge over the River Tyne in the centre-distance.

On returning to Beltingham, you can see the bridge at Riding Mill/Crow Hall over the River South Tyne in the centre.

 

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Bardon Mill Pottery

There is a fine display of pottery at Bardon Mill. The Errington and Reay Co. Ltd. was established in 1878 in an old water powered woollen mill. they make traditional salt glazed ceramic pots and other garden ware and offer a huge range of quality seconds too. Its well worth a visit to have a good 'potter' around!

 

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