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St Cuthbert

A regularly used beautiful old church. set in a quiet historical corner of Northumberland, it’s the finest example of 15th century Perpendicular style in the country.

Beltingham, Northumberland

Opening times

Open daily from April to September from 10am to 4pm.
Open Saturdays and Sundays only in winter.

Address

Beltingham
Northumberland
NE47 7BZ

A much loved and regularly used Grade I listed church, the finest example of 15th century Perpendicular style in the country. Restored in 1884, a vestry was added. An earlier window remains however as does a squint, a small barred open window.

There are fine stained glass windows by Kempe 1891 and two of his pupils and a modern window by Leonard Everetts 1982. A medieval font stands by the entrance, where Bishop Ridley was baptised, who was martyred by Queen Mary in 1555. In the stone window frames on the south side there are relief carvings of a rabbit, flowers, fleur de lys and a grotesque mask.

Adjacent to the churchyard is a restored Pele tower and an old family home of the Bowes Lyon (Queen Mother's family), both in private ownership.

In the churchyard there is a Roman Altar and Nancy Ridley author is buried by the lychgate. There is a shaft of a Saxon Cross c680AD on the the east side and a large yew tree on the north side, possibly 2000 years old. The south and east walls of the church are marked by scratches, thought to have been made by arches sharpening arrowheads.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

Contact information

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