St Andrew's Church, Bywell, Northumberland

Address: Bywell, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7AD
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The church of an ancient market town

Bywell was once a thriving market town beside the Tyne, though little now remains except the castle, a Medieval market cross, the Hall, and two churches dating from Saxon times.

The tall tower of St Andrew’s is a magnificent example of Saxon building. Dating from about 850, it has massive walls 5 metres thick, clearly intended for defence; but it is much more than a defensive structure. It is built from a lovely mixture of cream, yellow, brown and even red sandstone and has the small rounded windows characteristic of the time.

The body of the church dates from the 13th-century and was considerably enlarged and restored in 1871. Most of the interior dates from this Victorian restoration, including the mosaic floor of the sanctuary and the glittering reredos.

There is very fine Victorian stained glass, some by the notable designer William Wailes, who is buried at the other Bywell church, St Peter’s.

Inside the church, and in some places set into the outside walls, are magnificent early Medieval grave slabs. They have lovely bold carving, with emblems denoting the status of the person they commemorate swords, shields, a hunting horn, shears and a book.

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Road directions

5 miles east of Corbridge. Turn off the A695 and pass Stocksfield rail station. Continue over the bridge and turn left towards Bywell (signposted).

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Stocksfield (1 mile). Bus route numbers 10/416/508.

OS Reference No.

NZ 048 614

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St Andrew's Church, Bywell, Northumberland

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Disabled access

Gravel path to church. Slight step into church allows reasonable access.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.