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Church of All Saints, Rothbury

Description: Church of All Saints

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 21 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 236612

OS Grid Reference: NU0577201657
OS Grid Coordinates: 405772, 601657
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3090, -1.9106

Location: Church Street, Rothbury, Northumberland NE65 7UP

Locality: Rothbury
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 7UP

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There is also a scheduled monument, Rothbury Bridge, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

NU 0501
(East side)
25/267 Church of All Saints
(formerly listed as
21.10.53 Rothbury Church)

Parish Church, on important Pre-Conquest site. Chancel and east walls of
transepts C13, chancel north arcade late C14; remainder 1849-50 by G. Pickering,
except for chancel vestries of 1887 and west window of 1900. Medieval parts
squared stone; C19 work tooled-and-margined stone with ashlar dressings;
graduated Lakeland slate roofs. 4-bay aisled nave with west tower flanked by
vestries, south-west porch, transepts with 2-bay western aisles and chancel
with north vestries. C19 parts in C13/early C14 style.

Chamfered plinths. 3-stage tower with stepped angle buttresses and south-west
stair turret. Studded west door with ornamental hinges and moulded arch on 3
orders of colonettes, under 2-light window. 2nd stage has 2 trefoiled lancets
on west and clock faces; belfry has 2-light windows with foiled circle in
spandrel, under multi-chamfered arches; embattled parapet. Stair turret has
shoulder-arched doorway at base and gabled top with pierced quatrefoil.
Aisles have stepped buttresses and lancet windows; clerestorey of paired
lancets. Porch has tall double-chamfered arch and paired lancets on east
return. Transepts have lancet windows; the three on the east of the south
transept are medieval, the narrower northern one being the east window of the
early C13 south aisle. South wall of chancel 3 bays, divided by stepped
buttresses, with central shoulder-arched priest's door; pairs of lancets,
those in west bay, along with adjacent buttress, being C19 restoration. East
end shows triplet of double-chamfered lancets. Coped gables with finial

Interior: Plastered. Double-chamfered arcades on octagonal piers with moulded
capitals; similar responds, except for C13 shafted corbel with nail-head
ornament, at east end of south arcade. Double-chamfered tower arch. 1887
arch on C14 responds in east wall of north transept. C13 chancel arch of 2
continuous chamfered orders. 2-bay north chancel arcade, to former Cartington
chapel, of broad double-chamfered arches on low octagonal pier. Piscina with
wide cusped arch on south. C19 arch-braced collar-beam roofs on moulded

Tiled sanctuary with panelled dado; arcaded stone reredos with marble shafts.
Richly-carved 1905 chancel screen and pulpit with saints under canopied niches.
1912 tower screen. Font: shaft is bottom part of important cross of c.800
with Ascension and inhabited vine scrolls; bowl dated 1664 with knotwork and
interlace; cover of 1914. Monuments: set in porch walls are 2 small C13/14
cross slabs and part of C12 gravestone or cross, and 1710 ledger stone to
Captain George Fletcher, 'High Sherrif' of Northumberland. On chancel north
wall mural monument to Rector John Tomlinson and Mary, 'the truly vertuous
Matron', his wife, c.1720. Several early C19 wall tablets in nave. Chancel
stained glass: 1886 crucifixion with B.V. Mary and St. John in east windows;
Northumbrian saints as memorial to Rev. Medd (d.1894) on south.

Historical note: the previous west tower, demolished in 1850, appears to have
been of Pre-Conquest, like that of Jarrow,linking two early churches; the
foundations of the western church, extending beneath and beyond Church Street
were traceable in the C18.

Listing NGR: NU0577201657

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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