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CHURCH OF ST CUTHBERT

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A 13th century church, with tower dated 1792, alterations of 1901. Mixed calciferous sandstone rubble walls with large flush quoins, tower partly rendered; graduated green slate roof. 2-storey square west tower/porch; 4-bay nave/chancel. Tower has plank door in round arch with incised date; windows with round arches, impost blocks and key-stones; louvred vents; open bellcote with hipped slate roof surmounted by weather vane. Nave/chancel has tall pointed lancet windows of 1901, angle buttresses. 3-light east window is 13th century. Interior has upper gallery supported on stone pillars reached by stair from tower; a rebuilding of 1901 of a much larger gallery of 1792. Early 20th century pews and furnishings. Medieval font bowl on window ledge near pulpit; 13th century piscina with corresponding recess in north wall. Wall tablets to rectors died 1737 and 1834. Part of nave was taken down to build tower in 1792 and walls of nave lowered in 1901 when reroofed. An early 8th century crosshead, now lost, and grave slabs of the 6th-11th centuries, have been discovered in the graveyard.

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