Ancroft Church is dedicated to St Anne, the mother of Mary so the granny of Jesus. Follow the trail quiz and climb to the top of the tower to see the sea.
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.