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Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
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NY 70755 64030


HALTWHISTLE MARKET PLACE NY 7064 (South side, off) 20/20 Church of the 24/11/67 Holy Cross GV I

Parish church. Early C13; restored 1870 by R.J. Johnson (nave west end and bellcote rebuilt; lancets inserted in aisles; roof pitches heightened; interior redecorated). Coursed and random rubble; green slate roofs. Wide aisled nave (almost square plan) with vestry on north aisle; chancel. Early- English style.

4-bay nave. Buttressed aisles have small lancets and steep pent roofs. Partly-restored pointed north and south aisle doorways with colonnettes. 3 original lancets on both sides of clerestory. Steep nave roof. Rebuilt, buttressed west end has 2 tall lancets with round window above. Rebuilt gabled bellcote with twin openings. Lower 4-bay chancel with lancet windows. Blocked 2-light, mullioned low-side window on chancel south wall. East end has clasping buttresses with offsets and group of 3 stepped lancets above sill string. Steep chancel roof. Gabled 2-bay vestry.

Interior. Nave: arcades have pointed double-chamfered arches, under hoodmoulds, on filleted responds and circular piers with moulded bases and irregular octagonal capitals; head-stop over south-east pier; clerestory windows, with splayed rear arches, set above spandrels of arcade; 1870 arch- braced, king-post roof. Small trefoil-headed piscina near east end of south aisle. Chancel: double-chamfered, pointed arch under hoodmould with head- stops (inner order on filleted responds); semi-octagonal rood-screen corbels flanking arch; 3 east end lancets have trefoil-headed rear arches and colonnettes with shaft rings; restored sedilia has 3 stepped-up seats under trefoil-headed arches on filleted shafts; small piscina in trefoil-headed niche; roof, similar to nave, possible painted 1881 to desgin by C.E. Kempe. Fittings, monuments and stained glass. In nave: hexagonal stone font probably re-cut with crude inscribed decoration and letters: R.P. July 26 1676; roughly-carved circular stoup on column; 4 north aisle windows 1897 by Morris and Co.; north aisle east window 1891 by C.E. Kempe. In chancel: Rood screen 1923 by Hicks and Charlewood; 3 elaborate medieval grave slabs and recumbent effigy of knight (possibly Thomas De Blenkinsopp died 1388) in sanctuary; 1869 carved marble reredos depicting Nativity of Christ; Memorial stone to John Ridley died1632 and aedicular wall monument to Wm. Gibson died 1785, both on south wall; 3 east lancets with 1871 glass by William Morris; windows depicting 4 Evangelists and 4 Latin Fathers, 1900-04 by C.E. Kempe.

(R.G. Barrett and Canon L. Watson, Church of the Holy Cross, Haltwhistle Seven Centuries of Worship, 1980) a Church guidebook.

Listing NGR: NY7075164029


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Barrett, , Watson, , Church of the Holy Cross Haltwhistle Seven Centuries of Worship, (1980)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 26 May 2003
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