St Mary the Virgin
The church, a Grade I listed building with over 30 Grade II listed headstones, falls within the Northumberland Conservation Area. The churc h is mainly C13th in origin, but is much altered and was partly re-built in 1847-8 by Benjamin Ferrey. There are surviving Saxon and early-Norman fragments. The rich history of the church is reflected in he Vicars' tablet recording all incumbents since 1150, a C13th effigy of a Knight (believed to be a Fenwick), a C13th effigy of a Priest, a reredos dating to c.1330, an altar tomb commemorating John Swinburne, Lord of the Manor of Stamfordham, d.1663, a wall memorial to William Dixon, a renowned Northumbrian Piper who wrote the first Manuscript of Northumbrian Pipe music in 1733, the desk and chair of Lord Stamfordham, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria / George V and Banner from his Westminster Abbey stall, Banner of his grandson, Lord Adeane, Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II.
The grant will support a project to install a toilet in the base of the tower.