St John the Baptist

Visitors have described the church in the visitors book as 'impressive' and 'lovely'; they admire the particular peaceful quality of the building.

Lowick, Northumberland

Opening times

Open at all times.


Main Street
TD15 2UD

Originally a medieval chapel linked to the Benedictine Monastery on Holy Island. St John the Baptist was rebuilt in 1794-1796. It was extensively modified during Victorian times with a chancel added in 1886-87. It presents today as a large, complete Victorian church with an impressive hammer beam wooden roof. Of particular note are the preRaphaelite style stained glass windows, many of these are memorials to members of the Sitwell family from Barmoor Castle. A memorial to General Sitwell and his first wife Constance of 1910 made by the famous Whitechapel Glassworks of London is particularly noteworthy. This window in the preRaphaelite style shows the vivid use of colour associated with this movement. Within the parish at Holburn Grange lies St Cuthbert's Cave, where after his death the saint's body is said to have rested for a short period during the years following the abandonment of the Saxon monastery and before a final resting place was found at Durham Cathedral. The annual 'Beating of the Bounds' which takes place every Spring Bank Holiday Monday (a custom recorded in the Lowick vestry minute book for May 1792 and revived in 2001) includes a visit to this site.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • 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

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