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Church of St Michael

A Grade I Listed Building in Warden, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.9929 / 54°59'34"N

Longitude: -2.1365 / 2°8'11"W

OS Eastings: 391361

OS Northings: 566491

OS Grid: NY913664

Mapcode National: GBR FBJP.7Z

Mapcode Global: WHB25.4RVQ

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 15 April 1969

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1044988

English Heritage Legacy ID: 239375

Location: Warden, Northumberland, NE46

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Warden

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Warden

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Listing Text

NY 96 NW WARDEN LOW WARDEN

7/125 Church of St. Michael

15.4.69
I

Parish church. Saxon west tower, transepts C13, nave and south porch 1765,
chancel 1889. Tower coursed sandstone with irregular large quoins, remainder
coursed squared sandstone; slate roof. Cruciform with west tower and south porch.

Tall tower has small round-headed windows differing in detail, stepped-in C18
belfry stage with single broad pointed opening in each face, low pyramidal cap.
Nave has C19 windows in C13 style. Transepts have tall chamfered plinth, clasping
buttresses at angles, stepped buttresses to sides and beneath gable windows;
single and paired C13 lancets in side walls with hollow-chamfered string linking
hoodmoulds. Three-light windows in gables are largely C19. Chancel has lancet
windows in side walls, priests' door on south with enriched shouldered arch,
three-light east window. South porch has Cl9 inner and outer arches, good C18
sundial in gable, blocked square-headed window in west wall.

Interior. Low round-headed tower arch with moulded imposts, possibly Roman stones,
arch of rough rubble perhaps a post-medieval reconstruction. C19 pointed double-
chamfered transept arches on medieval jambs. Piscina in south wall of south
transept, square-headed aumbry rebated for door in north wall of north transept.

C12 coped and regulated gravestone in chancel against north wall, medieval cross
slab in sanctuary floor, various C18/19 floor slabs and wall monuments. Important
collection of carved stones lying loose in porch.

Traditionally Warden Church stands on the site of an oratory used by St. John of
Beverley when he was Bishop of Hexham (685-704). The west tower, despite the C18
reconstruction of its belfry stage, is an important member of the Northumbrian
group of Saxon towers. H.M. & J. Taylor, Anglo Saxon Architecture 632 - 634


Listing NGR: NY9136066490

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