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David Ford, History EditorTours > Coquetdale > Edlingham Church

Edlingham Church
Five miles south-west of Alnwick

Edlingham Church Just a little north of Coquetdale, further along the B6341 past Cragside and in the dramatic valley of the Edlingham Burn, sits the little church of St. John the Baptist and its accompanying castle. Do not rush on to the latter without stopping to examine this fascinating little building first.

St. John's is a good example of a sturdy Norman church, mostly 11th and 12th century, built not only for worship but for defence. The massive 14th century tower displays narrow slit windows indicating its use as a place of refuge for both the parish priest and, no doubt, several of the villagers. Scottish raids were a constant threat and barholes used to blockade the main door and hold them at bay can also be seen at Edlingham.

The Lords of the nearby castle were buried at the church here and the arched recess in the south wall, displaying the arms of the De Felton family, is thought to have been for the effigy of Sir William of that name who died in 1358. The arms would originally have been painted bright colours.

The church is a regular place of worship owned by the Church of England. Free Entry, but donations welcome.

Next Stop: Edlingham Castle

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