St Andrew's Church, Shotley, Northumberland
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A church high on a hilltop
Perched on Grey Mare Hill (293 metres high), St Andrew's was built in 1769 on the site of a much older church. Inside, it is a simple and appealing cruciform church, with sturdy stone ribs over the crossing.
As well as some fine eighteenth-century headstones in the churchyard, there is also the fantastic domed structure of the Hopper Mausoleum, erected in 1752, with obelisks above and statues in carved niches on the sides.
There is no vehicle access to the church. The narrow path is up hill which is steep in some places.There is a narrow gate into the churchyard and no made path to the porch. There are several steps up into the porch.
Disabled visitors may need assistance negotiating the path up the hill to the church from the road and accessing the church through the porch. The path is narrow, steep and unmade.
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
8 miles south east of Corbridge; travelling south from Corbridge on A68 Kiln Pit Hill is signposted on the left; after 800 yards the church can be seen to the right; a footpath leads up the hill
Nearest railway station: Riding Mill (5 miles).
Useful local links:
- Visit Northumberland tourism website: www.visitnorthumberland.com
- Northumberland National Park: www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk
- Northumberland & Durham Family History Society: www.ndfhs.org.uk
- List of societies at Association of Northumberland Local History Societies: www.anlhs.org.uk
- Northumbria Historic Churches Trust: www.northumbriahct.org.uk
- List of churches in Northumberland: www.achurchnearyou.com
- Diocese of Newcastle: www.newcastle.anglican.org