Wooler – St Mary

DSC01770Wooler is one of those small rural towns that feels as if it has seen better days. However the Ramblers Cafe does a nice bacon and egg roll, and the market place is having a makeover. The church is here in the centre – NU993281 – and it feels like a Scottish chapel when you walk in. There was a C12 church on this site, but the current building was completed in 1765, replacing an earlier church which had been in a state of disrepair for many years and was eventually destroyed by fire.

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The Reverend William Haigh (incumbent 1805-35) was responsible for the enlargement of the church, doubling the width of the Nave. This is his memorial tablet, with his wife next to him – she gets the most words!

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In the south aisle is the pennant of the Loyal Glendale Rangers which was raised to defend Glendale from Napoleonic invasion, but never needed. I did a google to see if I could find out anything more about them, and failed. I have this vision of Corporal Jones et al.

DSC01783A rather nice tapestry, pulpit fall, and books and flowers by the font.

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The Chancel and vestries were added in 1913. Rather nice angels either side of the Chancel. The East Window is by Harry Stammers of York – Christ in glory – 1962. There’s a flickr album of his windows here. The two either side are Evetts’.

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The leaflet for the church is a badly copied piece of photocopying, but there is a very good colour leaflet “Glendale Church Trail” with an excellent website. I still have a lot of churches to visit in this, the far north, of the County. Finally – this is a wonderful headstone. I would love to know the story behind it. Why was the second son added?

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