St Mary Churchyard

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St Mary Churchyard

  • Staindrop, Durham Unitary Authority, County Durham, England
    Latitude: 54.58068, Longitude: -1.79899
  • 174 Memorials added (86% photographed)


"The Church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, is a most interesting structure, and bears traces of great antiquity, many distinct evidences of a church of early Saxon foundation being still in existence. The church, in its present form, consists of nave, north and south aisles, both of which are wider than the nave itself, chancel, with spacious vestry, and priest's house or "domus inclusa" over it, a north transept, an engaged western tower, and south porch. Traces of an early Saxon church are to be seen in the spandrils of the three eastern arches of the nave on each side, and in the eatern wall of the nave, as high as the springing of the Early Pointed roof. The material use din these ancient fragments of walls is coarse rubble, thickly patched with original moss, decisive proof that a great part of it has not been quarried, but won from the surfcae."

[From History, Topography and Directory of Durham, Whellan, London, 1894]

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GPS Coordinates: 54.58068, -1.79899

  • Added: 26 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2315866