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Description: The Priory Church of St Andrews'
Date Listed: 2 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 239164
OS Grid Reference: NY9353664107
OS Grid Coordinates: 393536, 564107
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9715, -2.1025
There is also a scheduled monument, Remains of medieval priory and Anglo-Saxon monastery under and around Hexham Abbey and its precincts, 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.
709/1/1 MARKET PLACE
02-OCT-51 THE PRIORY CHURCH OF ST ANDREWS'
Former Augustinian Priory. Originally founded by St Wilfrid circa 673 - the
crypt dates this period. The choir, transepts and tower are circa 1180; the
nave was burnt 1296 and rebuilt in 1908 by Temple Moor. Much recent restoration.
Embattled crossing tower. 5 bay aisled chancel, the easternmost taken down
and rebuilt slightly higher circa 1858; fragments of possibly late-Saxon apse
below. 3 bay transepts with eastern aisles. South bay of south transept has
slype with gallery to night stairs above. 6 bay nave, Exterior uniformly
early English, apart from decorated tracery of nave windows. Lancets, corbel
Interior also chiefly Early Englih, much restored and altered. Wooden ceiling,
vaulted aisles, with dado arcades, to transepts and chancel. High stilted
arches on west wall of north transept with clustered shafts. 2 chantries -
to Prior Ogle (d.1410), and to Prior Leschman (1480-91), the latter with a
cowled effigy and much rude stone sculpture. Early C15 sedilia with painted
panels, including the dance of death. Delicate Rood Screen (1491-1523) with
panel painting and rich woodwork. Misericords in stalls. Font at west end
of nave with, for base, part of a pilier cantonne from the north transept with
a dog tooth central shaft. Interior also contains several monuments: relief
of a Roman standard bearer; St Acca's Cross [C7], cross base with Crucifixion
from the Spital, the Frith Stool, or St Wilfrid's chair and various fragments
built in the nave walls.
St Andrew's Church together with the listed buildings in the Market Place, form a group, of which Nos 8, l0 and 16 are of local interest.
Listing NGR: NY9354064110
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