Pictures from a trip to Hexham in mid February.

HexhamMarket

The 15th C gatehouse on the east side of the market place.

HexhamCathedralSteps

The night stairs in Hexham Abbey, which would have been used by the monks of the Augustinian priory to access the church from the dormitory.

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Views from the balcony at the top of the stairs.

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The nave (L) and north transept (R).  The cathedral had been destroyed by the Danes in 875 and the nave was only rebuilt in the 19th C.  The original Saxon crypt survives. Cuthbert was briefly bishop in 875 before moving to Lindisfarne.

HexhamCathedralAltar HexhamCathedralFont

The altar (L) and font (R) with its ornate canopy, the weight of which must make some parents rather nervous…

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Stained glass (L) and medieval painted panel (R).  Much of this decoration was destroyed in the Reformation period.

HexhamHorselessCarriages

It seems particularly anachronistic for a company entitled Hexham Horseless Carriages to be a TVR and Lotus dealership!

HexhamDusk

Path from Hexham town centre to the meeting of the North (background) and South Tyne (fine for a stroll, but not worth much of a detour).

HexhamRivers

The “Meeting of the Waters”, where the North and South Tyne join.

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Pictures (on a rather overcast day) of Finchale Priory, just outside Durham. Originally the retreat of the the hermit St Godric of Finchale (described by some as a former pirate before conversion to a life of piety following a vision of St Cuthbert at Lindisfarne), Finchale developed into a Benedictine priory and a retreat for the monks of Durham.

Hexham & Finchale