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Church of the Holy Cross

A Grade I Listed Building in Haltwhistle, Northumberland

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Latitude: 54.97 / 54°58'12"N

Longitude: -2.4583 / 2°27'30"W

OS Eastings: 370755

OS Northings: 564031

OS Grid: NY707640

Mapcode National: GBR CB8Z.K5

Mapcode Global: WH912.6BMR

Plus Code: 9C6VXGCR+2M

Entry Name: Church of the Holy Cross

Listing Date: 24 November 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1045233

English Heritage Legacy ID: 240754

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Haltwhistle

Built-Up Area: Haltwhistle

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Haltwhistle Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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NY 7064
(South side, off)
20/20 Church of the
24/11/67 Holy Cross

Parish church. Early C13; restored 1870 by R.J. Johnson (nave west end and
bellcote rebuilt; lancets inserted in aisles; roof pitches heightened;
interior redecorated). Coursed and random rubble; green slate roofs. Wide
aisled nave (almost square plan) with vestry on north aisle; chancel. Early-
English style.

4-bay nave. Buttressed aisles have small lancets and steep pent roofs.
Partly-restored pointed north and south aisle doorways with colonnettes.
3 original lancets on both sides of clerestory. Steep nave roof. Rebuilt,
buttressed west end has 2 tall lancets with round window above. Rebuilt
gabled bellcote with twin openings. Lower 4-bay chancel with lancet windows.
Blocked 2-light, mullioned low-side window on chancel south wall. East end
has clasping buttresses with offsets and group of 3 stepped lancets above
sill string. Steep chancel roof. Gabled 2-bay vestry.

Interior. Nave: arcades have pointed double-chamfered arches, under
hoodmoulds, on filleted responds and circular piers with moulded bases and
irregular octagonal capitals; head-stop over south-east pier; clerestory
windows, with splayed rear arches, set above spandrels of arcade; 1870 arch-
braced, king-post roof. Small trefoil-headed piscina near east end of south
aisle. Chancel: double-chamfered, pointed arch under hoodmould with head-
stops (inner order on filleted responds); semi-octagonal rood-screen corbels
flanking arch; 3 east end lancets have trefoil-headed rear arches and
colonnettes with shaft rings; restored sedilia has 3 stepped-up seats under
trefoil-headed arches on filleted shafts; small piscina in trefoil-headed
niche; roof, similar to nave, possible painted 1881 to desgin by C.E. Kempe.
Fittings, monuments and stained glass. In nave: hexagonal stone font
probably re-cut with crude inscribed decoration and letters: R.P. July 26
1676; roughly-carved circular stoup on column; 4 north aisle windows 1897 by
Morris and Co.; north aisle east window 1891 by C.E. Kempe. In chancel:
Rood screen 1923 by Hicks and Charlewood; 3 elaborate medieval grave slabs
and recumbent effigy of knight (possibly Thomas De Blenkinsopp died 1388)
in sanctuary; 1869 carved marble reredos depicting Nativity of Christ;
Memorial stone to John Ridley died1632 and aedicular wall monument to Wm.
Gibson died 1785, both on south wall; 3 east lancets with 1871 glass by
William Morris; windows depicting 4 Evangelists and 4 Latin Fathers, 1900-04
by C.E. Kempe.

(R.G. Barrett and Canon L. Watson, Church of the Holy Cross, Haltwhistle
Seven Centuries of Worship, 1980) a Church guidebook.

Listing NGR: NY7075164029

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