St Andrew's Church, Bywell, Northumberland
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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 a late Anglo-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 main body of the church dates from the thirteenth 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 St. Peter's, Bywell's second church. Set into the walls, both inside and outside, are magnificent early Medieval grave slabs. They have bold carvings with emblems denoting the status of the person they commemorate - swords, shields, a hunting horn, shears and a book.
Your support and generosity is what helps us keep the doors to these special places open. We could not do it without you.If you would like to donate to the upkeep and maintenance of St Andrew’s please text BYL to 70970 to donate £5 or to 70191 to give £10 every donation really does make a difference to these beautiful churches.
A Victorian masterpiece returned to the community
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
A pair of eccentric churches
Gravel path to church. Slight, shallow step into church allows reasonable access. Some internal steps to the chancel. During winter and after wet weather, the path leading to the porch can become slippery.
Please take extra care when accessing St Andrew’s, as the path to the church is uneven.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
5 miles east of Corbridge. Turn off the A695 and pass Stocksfield rail station. Continue over the bridge and turn left towards Bywell (signposted).
Nearest railway station: Stocksfield (1 mile). Bus route numbers 10/416/508.
All our Northumberland churches are in our North region.
Useful local links:
- Visit Northumberland tourism website
- Northumberland National Park
- Northumberland & Durham Family History Society
- List of societies at Association of Northumberland Local History Societies
- Northumbria Historic Churches Trust
- List of churches in Northumberland
- Northumberland is in the Diocese of Newcastle