A 15th-century artist painted St Wilfrid for the canons of Hexham Priory. Since no-one knew what the long-dead Wilfrid looked like, he was shown simply as a richly-robed archbishop. The canons thus honoured their church’s […]

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Historic colours hang in Hexham Abbey's nave 2

The Banners

In the north nave aisle of Hexham Abbey hangs an impressive range of historic banners. Most were relocated from the choir in 1987. The banner that first attracts attention is the most easterly, the Hawick […]

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When the present nave was added to Hexham Abbey in 1907-8, many fragments of sculptured stone were built into its new walls or set in niches made for the purpose in the north aisle. These […]

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The Screen

For nearly 500 years a massive wooden screen has cut off the chancel from the crossing, transepts and nave of St Andrew’s Church. A broad platform or loft juts out over its ribbed and painted […]

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The Night Stair

Thirty-five worn stone steps rise from the south transept of Hexham Abbey, leading to a broad gallery behind a stone parapet, with three doorways opening from it. People have used this Night Stair through eight […]

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