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Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
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NZ 09247 82602



4/50 Church of St. Andrew 28.4.69


Parish church. Late Saxon tower and nave west wall with quoins. C12, C13 and C14 with some C18 windows. Squared stone,with stone slate, Welsh slate and lead roofs.

West tower, nave and south aisle, south porch, north vestry, south chapel and chancel.

Tower: ground floor has C18 lancets on south and west sides, with heads of original windows above (cf. interior). Small original windows on 1st floor and 2-light openings with baluster mullions on second floor. C12 window above and renewed parapet.

3-bay nave has porch and lancets renewed in C18 on south side; on north side the vestry, a 2-light C16 window, with segmental heads to lights, and a large Victorian Geometric window.

South chapel has one south window with Y-tracery, a C12 east window and a C14 vesica above.

Chancel has Y-tracery window on south side and on north side one similar window and one pair of lancets.

Interior: deeply-splayed heads of Saxon ground-floor windows in the tower. Tower arch, perhaps C12, unmoulded arch with plain responds, the east side apparently carved in situ,with colonettes and foliage capitals, slightly later. Circa 1200 south arcade with quatrefoil keeled piers and stepped round arches. Chancel arch has round triple responds with cushion capitals carved on north side with faces at the corners; the arch has 2 rolls and an outer billet moulding. In chancel the responds of the former apse arch, removed when chancel was lengthened in C13, are round with cushion capitals. Above them, reset in the wall, the former voussoirs with saltire crosses. C14 sedilia, with octagonal shafts, and C14 piscina. South chapel has trefoiled niche and on the north wall a low-relief carving of shield and inscription. Early C13 south door has colonettes and 2 rows of dogtooth.

Monuments: C14 effigy of a knight in south chapel, perhaps Robert de Reynes of Shortflatt; in the chancel John Horsley, 1770, a standing monument with vermiculate rusticated base and swan-neck pediment holding coat of arms. Three medieval grave covers in south chapel; fragments of others built into south porch, also a fragment of a hogback.

Octagonal medieval font. The Church of St. Andrew, Bolam: G.W.D. Briggs: Archaeolgia Aeliana 5th Series Vol. X.

Anglo-Saxon Architecture: H.M. and J. Taylor: Cambridge 1965.

Listing NGR: NZ0924482601


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Books and journals
Taylor, H M, J , , Anglo Saxon Architecture, (1965)
Briggs, G W D, 'Archaeologia Aeliana' in The Church of Saint Andrew Bolam, , Vol. 10, ()


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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