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TitleAncient Alms Box
ObjectNamebox | metalwork
Materialoak | metal
LabelTextALMS BOX
‘Amongst the detached pieces of church furniture is an ancient arms box, of mediæval workmanship. Carter’s plan shows it fixed to the end of the book desk of the return stalls on the south of the rood screen. It is fashioned out of the solid, and the hollow is the upper end of an oak post. The lid is of iron, and the hinges have fleur-de-lis terminations. There are two locks, and there is the necessary slot in the lid.’ [Charles Clement Hodges and John Gibson F.C.S., Hexham and Its Abbey. 1919 p.54]
HEXAB2011
Mediæval Alms Box
BriefDescriptionHeavy, wooden box with evidence of fitting to flat surface in base. Mainly of interest for its heavy metal upper casing, lid & twin locks. Coin slot in hinged lid. Hinges fleur-de-lis plates: both sides. All smith’s work. Woodwork very crude but thick – almost a hollowed beam but with repairs – hollowed back section with front crudely screwed into place. Iron casing ‘rivetted’ to wooden part. Is this just a piece of locally produced ‘older’ Gothic Revival or does it incorporate parts of an earlier item. Locks are simple but keyholes ‘L’ shaped.
ObjProdDateearly 18th century?
ObjectProductionPeriodearlier than Carter’s c1780 plan
ObjectHistoryNoteThe Ancient Alms Box (Plate 35 – see photos). This is preserved in the vestry. It formerly stood against the end of the book-board on the south side of the rood screen, and is shewn in that position on Carter’s Plan (Plate 8). The box was no doubt hollowed out of the top of an oaken post, and its present appearance warrants this supposition. [Hodges, 1888, p.47]
Often the two keys were held by different church officers so both had to be present when the box was opened and the contents counted. It remains the custom for collections to be counted by two people. [H Dixon]
DimensionsH 145 | W 190 | D max. 150
CurrentLocationVestry
ReferenceHodges 1888 p.47 & Pl.35

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TitleBell from Lowgate
ObjectNamebell | metalwork
Materialiron
BriefDescription5 pieces – ringing arm (+S rope) ring pivot, bell, clanger. No obvious markings.
The bell was hung from a rudimentary headstock with a hole in it through which the bar that is cast in to the crown of the bell passes. The top of the clapper is hook-shaped and is fastened to what appears to be a cast-in crown staple in the form of a loop. The clapper is make-shift and sharp edges have damaged the bell – but it would not be needed if the bell is to be chimed. [Neville Parkin, Hexham Abbey Steeple Keeper, 15/2/2007].
ObjProdOrganisationLlewellin and James of Bristol
ObjProdDatec1897
ObjectHistoryNoteBrought from St Mary Lowgate church – after it closed (25/05/2003). Probably original to Victorian church.
DimensionsH overall 480 | H bow to crown 300 | Dia 460 | W across support pivot 530
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: Lady Chapel

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB2044 | HEXAB2048
TitleMedal set into part of a former wafer box lid
ObjectNamemedal | metalwork
Materialbronze
BriefDescriptionMedal with view of Hexham Church from SW (from cloister before nave rebuilt) surrounded by inscription. Set in oak.
See also:— HEXAB2044 and HEXAB2048
Inscription
HEXHAM CHURCH BUILT BY WILFRID, 674.
E.Griffith
1830
ObjProdDate1830?
DimensionsDiameter 78 mm

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TitleCircular [wafer?] Box with medal inlaid in lid
ObjectNamebox | metalwork
Materialbronze | oak
LabelTextWOODEN BOX WITH MEDAL IN TOP
Set into the top of this box of turned oak is a medal with a view of the Abbey Church from the south west (before the nave was rebuilt). It is inscribed at the top ‘HEXHAM CHURCH BUILT BY WILFRID, AD 674.’ and below ‘M. Smith HEXHAM 1830’. This is one of three similar boxes in the Abbey collection all with different names, the latest dating from 1842. It is not known whether these were made as prizes or as special presentation items but others are known to exist elsewhere. The boxes are well made and the medals neatly inserted; it would be good to know more about them.
HEXAB2044
BriefDescriptionTurned oak box and lid, circular, with medal set into it, inscribed below view of church from SW (from cloister before nave rebuilt): ‘M. Smith Hexham 1830’ with ‘Hexham Church built by Wilfrid 674’ around top of medal.
See also:– HEXAB2042 and HEXAB2048
Inscription
HEXHAM CHURCH BUILT BY WILFRID, AD 674.
M. Smith
HEXHAM
1830
ObjProdDate1830?
DimensionsDiameter 110

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TitleMedal set into top of circular wooden box
ObjectNamebox | metalwork
Materialbronze?
BriefDescriptionMedal has view of Hexham Church from NW (before rebuilding of nave) with tower buttresses and Eastern chapels. Above picture: ‘Hexham Church built AD 674’; and below picture ‘E Pruddah [followed by flourish] 1842’.
See also:— HEXAB2042 and HEXAB2044
Inscription
HEXHAM CHURCH BUILT AD 674.
E Pruddah
1842
ObjProdDateabout 1842
ObjectHistoryNoteThere were Pruddahs (or Prudhoes) in the area from at least the 17th century — N.L. ex informatio.
Dimensionsdiameter 73
ReferenceHAR: fn.6 p.49

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TitleSmall Gold Cross in box
ObjectNamecross | metalwork
Materialgold
BriefDescriptionSmall gold cross inscribed “St Peter’s Day.|1907.”. The box has an explanatory note on George Hotel note paper (undated): Foundation stone ceremony – Miss Kathleen Saunders, Oaktree Cottage, Goatsland, when 11.
HallmarkB WMJS into a shield; hallmark – 9.375 M=1907
Inscription ST. PETER’S DAY. | 1907.
ObjProdOrganisationWalter, Michael, John, and Stanley Barnard, London
ObjProdDate1907
ObjectHistoryNoteBefore the procession moved off, the Rector presented each of the children who were to present the ceremonial gifts to the layers of stones with a small gold cross bearing the inscriptions – “ST. PETER’S DAY” & “1907”. [Hexham Parish Magazine, July 1907, pp.51–54]
1976. Last month [November] there came to the Abbey two sisters. One of them, Miss Kathleen Saunders, aged eighty, brought a small gold cross which she gave to the Rector. It had been given to her by Canon Savage and bears the inscription St Peter’s Day, 1907. She was one of the children who presented caskets made from the wood of the Abbey to those who laid the foundation stones of the new nave. She remembers wearing white muslin for the great occasion. Miss Saunders was very interested that we still have two stalwarts worshipping regularly at the Abbey who remember serving tea on that great occasion. The little gold cross will go into the Abbey archives. [Abbey Chronicle, Dec. 1976, p.4.]
Dimensionslength 25 | across arms 20
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleReplica of Hexham Chalice
ObjectNamechalice | metalwork
Materialgilt metal (silver?brass?)
LabelTextThis is a replica of our original Anglo-Saxon Chalice.
Please visit the Big Story Exhibition to see the ‘real thing’!
You can find the exhibition by going through the glass doors beside the font, then turning right into the ‘Big Story’.
BriefDescriptionGilt replica of the Hexham chalice [HEXAB2099], hammered finish. Its blue box has maker’s or seller’s name in the lid. ‘THE HEXHAM CHALICE REPLICA’ in gilt letters on top of the lid.
ObjProdPersonLeslie Durbin, London, England
DimensionsH 65 | dia. 60
CurrentLocNoteon display | in display case in niche
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/South Wall/Bay 1 (W)
ReferenceFaculty: 2009. 1 August. To provide new display arrangements for the Anglo-Saxon Chalice in accordance with the letters of Mr. C.N. Dallison of 20th April 2009 (as amended 28th April 2009) and 1st June 2009 and with the “Case specification for Anglo-Saxon Chalice Hexham Abbey” of Karen Barker, in accordance also with the quotation of Click Netherfield of 21st May 2009. [This display case was originally for The Hexham Chalice HEXAB2099]

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TitleAlms-dish/collection-plate
ObjectNamecollection-plate | metalwork
Materialstainless steel
LabelTextALMS DISH or COLLECTION DISH
Inscribed:—
Donated to Hexham Abbey by Constance Wallace in loving memory of her beloved husband Leslie who died 12th July 1995.
Made of ‘hammered’ metal (stainless steel?) in the arts-and-crafts tradition by K|MC of Keswick.
The design of three circling fish is at once a reminder of the miracle of Christ’s feeding of the five thousand with barley loaves and ‘a few small fishes’ and also of persecuted early Christians who used the fish as a symbol of Christ because the two initial letters of fish in Greek were ‘IC’ stood for Jesus Christ.
HEXAB2078
BriefDescriptionStamped ‘K
MC’
and ‘Keswick’.
Dish of hammered craftwork, with three fish at the centre.
Inscription in small letters on the underside of the large dish
Inscription
DONATED TO HEXHAM ABBEY
BY CONSTANCE WALLACE
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY BELOVED HUSBAND LESLIE
WHO DIED 12th JULY 1995
ObjProdOrganisationKeswick
ObjProdDatec1995?
Dimensionsdiam. 500 | depth 28
CurrentLocationVestry

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TitleLarge jug
ObjectNamejug | metalwork
Materialsilver plate | copper | brass
LabelTextEWER for Font Water 1916
This Arts-and-Crafts Ewer, or big jug, was used for bringing baptismal water to the Font.
It is inscribed ‘ESS MCMXVI’ – ESS are the initials of the Revd E Sydney Savage, Rector at time of nave rebuilding and reordering of the church. The ewer was presented in 1916 to mark the return of the font to the west end of the church.
The ewer is made of silver-plated brass. It is flask-shaped on three legs. The handle is attached by wide plates with formalized floral design; the neck and waist are elaborated with bands of enamels and polished stone ‘jewels’. The cover is attached with a barrel hinge and has a bronze knop. Silver plate has been damaged by over-enthusiastic polishing but could be restored.
For many years the ewer was shown on the steps of the font (see adjacent Guides of 1960s and 1970s). It is not hard to imagine Canon Savage at the font wielding this triumph of revived mediæval craftsmanship.
HEXAB2080
BriefDescriptionLarge flask-shaped jug on three feet of brass, sliver-plated; handles attached by wide plates with formalized floral design; neck and waist elaborated with bands (attached with brass studs) of enamels and polished stone ‘jewels’. Top attached with a barrel hinge, has a brass (?) knop. Incorporated into the design “ESS” [for the Revd E Sydney Savage, Rector] and “MCMXVI” for 1916.
ObjProdDatec1916
DimensionsH with cover 620 | diameter 290
CurrentLocationVestry
ReferenceHAR: Fig.39 fn.31 p.57

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TitleEagle lectern
ObjectNamelectern | metalwork
Materialbrass
CreditLinePresented by J Oswald Head 1881
BriefDescriptionA brass eagle with spread wings forms the lectern which has a perforated book rest. The eagle clasps a great orb with a moulded ‘equator’ set on a round shaft with deeply moulded shaft ring and even more heavily moulded and spreading base supported on four spherical feet. The plate with the inscription is screwed on below the book-rest.
Inscription
PRESENTED·TO·HEXHAM·ABBEY·CHURCH
BY·J·OSWALD·HEAD·1881.
ObjProdDatec1881
ObjectHistoryNoteThis is probably an item from a church furnishings catalogue for a trade which flourished in late 19th century and until the Great War. The date is interesting in pre-dating the main re-ordering of the church about 1907–08.
Appears in late Victorian photos at old aisle crossing just to the west of present chancel steps. Ref: e.g. Gibson photo NRO 01876/C/6/66
Pre-1907 in front of altar when altar was against east wall of Chancel.
1960s & 1970s postcards show this lectern in north-east corner of crossing.
Dimensionsmax H 1785 | W across lectern 620 | base dia 490
CurrentLocationChancel

ObjectNumberHEXAB2084
OtherNumberNEWMP H51.29 + 3 photos + cutting
TitlePair of huge candlesticks
ObjectNamecandlestick | metalwork
Materialmixed metals | pewter
Colourenamelled
LabelTextThe Sanctuary Floor-Standing Candlesticks
‘Dulce et decorum est…’
Almost exactly 100 years ago, on October 24th 1915, a vast congregation of soldiers and
civilians gathered for ‘one of the most impressive and solemn’ services to be held in the
Abbey.
At this service, a pair of imposing candlesticks, which now stand near the High Altar, was
dedicated to the memory of those who had fallen in the war.
The Rector read out the names of the men who had made ‘the Great Sacrifice’ and at the
end of the recital of names the Last Post was sounded by the buglers of the 4th
Northumberland Fusiliers.
BriefDescriptionTriumphant pair of late ecclesiological – Gothic Revival – huge free-standing candlesticks. Rather sadly they are a memorial to those who died serving their country in the Great War 1914–1915 – as if those who made/commissioned the candlesticks thought the war would be concluded in 1915.
Candlesticks have ‘candle’ above with ornamental collar holding actual candle.
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore, designer.
ObjProdOrganisationArtificers’ Guild, Conduit Place, London.
ObjProdDate1915
ObjectHistoryNoteThe Rector has instructed Mr. Temple Moore to proceed with a design for two standard candlesticks in pewter and blue and gold enamel for the Sanctuary. The design is a very fine one, and will be carried out by the Artificers’ Guild. They will give much needed light to the Sanctuary, and they will be an appropriate memorial which all will appreciate. Payment will be made through visitors’ charges. On the one candlestick will be the inscription “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. 1914–1915;” and on the other “To the Glory of God, and in grateful and perpetual memory of our young valiant knights, who, having fought the fight, have entered into rest.” They will be a worthy addition, for apart from their symbolism and memorial they are in that spirit of humble and reverent approval of beauty without worldliness or self-assertion, which should mark the Holy House of God. [Par. Mag. Mar 1915 p.6]
Mr Temple Moore writes:—“I saw the Standard Candlesticks at the Artificers’ Guilds place in Conduit Street this morning. They look extremely well, and have been carried out in a thoroughly artistic way, and I think you will be pleased with them. The contrast of the dull pewter and the gilding on enamel is very fine. They ought to be very careful not to try and clean the pewter with any of those brass cleaning stuffs. All that it requires is rubbing gently with a soft cloth pretty frequently.” [Par.Mag. Oct 1915 p.8]
Dedicated 24th October 1915 by Canon Sidney Savage: A memorable service, and one of the most impressive and solemn ever observed in the venerable Abbey, was held on October 24th, when a vast congregation of soldiers and civilians assembled to do honour to those who have fallen in the War, and with special tribute of thankfulness, respect, and love to those who went forth from Hexham and laid down their lives. Attended by the Churchwardens, the Rector solemnly dedicated the Sanctuary Standard Lights in perpetual memory of the fallen. He recited the names of those who had made the Great Sacrifice. At the end of the recital the Last Post was sounded by the buglers of the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers. The candlesticks are for beauty and utility. They are symbolical, and they are a tender and touching memorial. They are to the design of Mr Temple Moore, and were executed by the Artificers Guild, and are in every way worthy and excellent. The metal is pewter, which is beautifully enamelled. On the one is inscribed “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”, and on the other “To the Glory of God and in memory of our valiant knights, who, having fought the fight, have entered into rest. 1914–1915”. I understand that some have the feeling that a Faculty ought to have been applied for in order to place the Standard Lights in the Sanctuary. I was under the impression that no Faculty was necessary. It was no intention on my part to evade the law in any way. I do not even now know whether or no a Faculty ought to have been obtained. One thing is quite certain, that all publicity was given, and the fact that I have dedicated these memorials in the most public, solemn, and touching way, is evidence that I should have sought a Faculty had I thought that it was right to do so. Now that they have been dedicated, I trust that I may receive the generous pardon of any who may think that I have acted ultra vires. It is quite certain that a Faculty would have been granted had application been made, for there could have been no reason for its refusal. No question of doctrine is involved, and the memorial is seemly and tender, and fitting in every way for the holy place, and for the most tender and touching association of those who have passed through the veil and have arrived on the other shore—those we mourn, honour, and love. In any case, if there has been any inadvertence on my part in the way of technicalities, I regret it. [Par.Mag Nov 1915 p.2&5]
Sermon by the Rector. He had placed the candlesticks in the sanctuary for utility, for light. … For utility and beauty these standards were preferable to electroliers and more so because electricity could not be relied on in the early mornings. [Hex. Cour. 30.10.1915]
DimensionsH 1760 | base max. dia. 580 | ‘candle’ & collar H 960
CurrentLocationChancel
ReferenceCND: C2

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TitleHuge candlestick
ObjectNamecandlestick | metalwork
Materialmixed metals
BriefDescriptionRing inscribed. The reference to ‘knights’ – and ‘valiant’ too – underlines the Gothical mediæval revivalism.
InscriptionTo the glory of God and in grateful memory of our valiant knights who having fought the fight have entered into rest
ObjProdPersonDesigned by Temple Moore
ObjProdOrganisationmade by the Artificers’ Guild at Conduit Street, London
ObjProdDatec1915
ObjectHistoryNoteProposed inscription had been longer: “To the Glory of God, and in grateful and perpetual memory of our young valiant knights, who, having fought the fight, have entered into rest.” [Par. Mag. Mar 1915 p.6]
DimensionsH 1760 | base max. dia. 580 | ‘candle’ & collar H 960
CurrentLocNoteloose | north
CurrentLocationChancel
ReferenceCND: C2

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TitleHuge candlestick
ObjectNamecandlestick | metalwork
Materialmixed metals
BriefDescriptionRing inscribed
InscriptionDulce et decorum est pro patria mori 1914–1915
InscriptionLanguageLatin
InscriptionTranslationIt is a sweet and noble [or seemly] thing to die for one’s country
InscriptionDescriptionThe Latin tag is from Horace, a court poet: Odes, III.ii.13.
ObjProdPersonDesigned by Temple Moore
ObjProdOrganisationmade by the Artificers’ Guild at Conduit Street, London
ObjProdDatec1915
DimensionsH 1760 | base max. dia. 580 | ‘candle’ & collar H 960
CurrentLocationChancel
ReferenceCND: C2

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TitleHigh Altar Cross
ObjectNamecross | metalwork
Materialsilver
BriefDescriptionCross with incarnadined Boss, encircled by 7 crystals, interlaced ornament of the Knot on Shaft and arms.
‘The cross is indeed a work of art, and no trouble has been spared to make it in design and workmanship worthy of its sacred symbolism and the noble Abbey which now homes it. May it be a means of kindling out faith by its picture lessons. Its design is that of some of the early Saxon crosses, such as that of S. Cuthbert. The incarnadined Boss typifies “the Lamb that was slain from the Foundation of the World.” The seven crystals encircling the Boss represent the Messages to the Seven Churches, and the Sevenfold Gift of the Holy Spirit, one jewel each for the seven canonized Bishops of Hexham. The interlaced ornament of the Knot on Shaft and arms is symbolical of life and Eternity.’ [Parish Mag, Apr 1902 p.27]
ObjProdPersonMr Herbert J Maryon, designer (Director of KSIA)
ObjProdOrganisationKeswick School of Industrial Arts
ObjProdDatec1902
ObjectHistoryNote1902: “… 44. Altar Cross. Hexham Abbey, designed by Herbert Maryon. Delicately restrained it draws upon Norse motifs and evokes the drumhead cross. Exhibited at the Home Arts and Industries Exhibition, 1902.” [The Loving Eye and Skilful Hand.]
Placed in the Abbey on Good Friday: Gift by Mrs J Oswald Head of a Cross designed by Mr H J Maryon, of the Keswick School of Industrial Arts. [Parish Mag, Apr 1902 p.27]
1964. “Miss Lilian Hawthorn. […] It was she who, as an Art student, made the enamel centre piece for the cross on the High Altar. […] When in 1939 she came to live in Hexham, she took a very active part in the life of the Abbey.” [Abbey Chronicle, Apr. 1964.] See her memorial [HEXAB154.1].
DimensionsHt. 870 | W 460 | across cross arms 390
CurrentLocNotefixed | secured on high altar
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery

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TitleOne of a Pair of Candlesticks
ObjectNamecandlestick | metalwork
BriefDescriptionSquare candle holder above square stem on square base; stem and upper curved surfaces of base with interlaced pattern on all four sides.
InscriptionAD GLORIAM DEI ET IN MEMORIAM
HENRICI ROBERTI HARRISON
QUI OBIT ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCCV
SUAE AETATIS XXIV
InscriptionLanguageLatin
InscriptionTranslationTo the Glory of God and in memory of
Henry Robert Harrison
Who Died in the year 1905
Aged 24
InscriptionDescriptionThe four lines are around the four vertical faces of the square base
InscriptionPositionBase
ObjProdDatec1905
DimensionsH 640 | base w 230
CurrentLocNoteloose | secured on high altar
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
ReferenceCND: C3

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TitleOne of a Pair of Candlesticks
ObjectNamecandlestick | metalwork
BriefDescriptionSquare candle holder above square stem on square base; stem and upper curved surfaces of base with interlaced pattern on all four sides.
InscriptionAD GLORIAM DEI ET IN MEMORIAM
HENRICI ROBERTI HARRISON
QUI OBIT ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCCV
SUAE AETATIS XXIV
InscriptionLanguageLatin
InscriptionTranslationTo the Glory of God and in memory of
Henry Robert Harrison
Who Died in the year 1905
Aged 24
InscriptionDescriptionThe four lines are around the four vertical faces of the square base
InscriptionPositionBase
ObjProdDatec1905
DimensionsH 640 | base w 230
CurrentLocNoteloose | secured on high altar
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
ReferenceCND: C3

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TitleSet of Four Candlesticks
ObjectNamecandlestick | metalwork
Materialbrass | pewter
BriefDescriptionSquare candle holder above square stem on square base; stem and upper curved surfaces of base with interlaced pattern on only the front; otherwise similar to HEXAB2086.
Inscription
A.D.G.M. IN MEMORY OF
TERENCE ATKINSON M.B.E. OBIT 18-11-1994
InscriptionInterpretationA.D.G.M. = Ad Deo Gloriam Majorem – To the Greater Glory of God
InscriptionDescriptionOn vertical face of base at the back.
InscriptionPositionBase
ObjProdDatec1996
ObjectHistoryNoteDedicated by Bishop of Newcastle on Sunday 27 Oct 1996. Terence Atkinson was Director of Music 1965–85.
Four new candlesticks have been given for the High Altar by Marilyn Atkinson in memory of her husband Terry who was for twenty years the Director of Music here. These candlesticks are copies of the original two [HEXAB2086] which have stood on the altar for many years and alongside which they now stand. Abbey Chronicle, Dec. 1996, p.1.
DimensionsH 640 | W 230
CurrentLocNoteloose | secured on high altar
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
ReferenceCND: C4
1996, 19 Mar. … 3. To introduce four new candlesticks for the high altar, to match the two permanently in place there, the candlesticks to be inscribed around the base in plain block capitals, “A.D.G.M. IN MEMORY OF TERENCE ATKINSON M.B.E. OBIIT 18.11.1994” Faculty Regr. no.4. Faculty no.4781.

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TitleLectern set on old Pulpit
ObjectNamelectern | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionBrass lectern set on top of the old pulpit (in front of main screen with ‘Dance of Death’ panels). The height can be adjusted in a brass cylinder fixed to the pulpit with two brackets. Lectern slope inscribed with monogram ‘IHS’ and Gothic inscription. [IHS = the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem.]
Inscription
Newcastle Regiment
Church Lads’ Brigade
Bivouac Service 31st. May 1909.
ObjProdDatec1909
DimensionsH including fixing staff 880 | W 394 | D 280
CurrentLocNotefixed | North side of Chancel.
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery

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TitleReplica of The Hexham Plaque
ObjectNameplaque | metalwork
Materialsilver
LabelTextThe Hexham Plaque
This is a replica of a seventh-century silver plaque, now in the British Museum. Believed to have come from Hexham, it shows a haloed figure dressed in a robe, holding a book, and could represent St Wilfrid. It may have been attached to a reliquary or to the front cover of a book.
BriefDescriptionReplica of original silver plaque relief in British Museum – with raised head and shoulders of saint within broad margin with angled raised decoration. The plaque may have been a simple devotional image or formed part of a book-cover or reliquary.
ObjProdDateearly 21st cent?
ObjectHistoryNotePre-October 2014 in display case in niche in S wall of Chancel S aisle, with the Hexham Chalice.
The original is now in the British Museum; it came from Hexham, where it may have been dug up in 1832. Perhaps it was once on the reliquary in the crypt, representing either St Andrew or St Wilfrid. [ANV 68, Oct.2006 p.9]
Silver Plaque [original]. Found in Hexham church, or possibly in the ruins of an old house in Hexham. 7th century? Could have been from a portable altar, part of a shrine or a book cover, or acted as an altar mount. Presented to the British Museum by the Revd. Frederick Lee who had exhibited it in London in 1858.
Dimensionsapprox. H 115 | W 95
CurrentLocNoteon display | west side
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop
ReferenceOriginal in British Museum: M&ME 1858,8–14,1; Kirby Pl.XXVIIb,c
HAR: Fig.3 fn.8 p.7
URLSee also: www.britishmuseum.org

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TitleThe Hexham Chalice
ObjectNamechalice | metalwork
Materialmetal
LabelTextThe Saxon chalice
This ancient and beautiful chalice is a symbol of the faith that has inspired people to worship here for over 1300 years. In the bread and wine of Holy Communion, God’s love for the world, shown in the life of Jesus, is remembered and celebrated.
The copper-gilt chalice was discovered in 1860 during excavations inside the Abbey and is about a thousand years old. It was designed to be portable so that the priests could travel away from the church to lead services.
BriefDescriptionSmall chalice with hemispherical bowl, part hemispherical base and bulging stem with bead ring at upper end.
ObjectProductionPeriodpre-conquest
ObjectHistoryNotePre-October 2014 in display case in niche in S wall of chancel S aisle; substituted in niche by replica HEXAB2059; another replica is HEXAB2030.5.
1957: The British Museum has recently had for examination and cleaning the gilt-bronze portable chalice (about 3in. high) found at Hexham, Northumberland, in the second half of the last century. It was given to Hexham Abbey some 50 years ago. and until lately was kept in a safe there. It was formerly thought to be Romanesque, but is now seen to be Anglo-Saxon, of any date between the seventh and tenth centuries. It has been returned to Hexham. where it is now to be on view. [The Times 07/03/1957]
May 2008: Chalice, Anglo-Saxon: conservation [Barker]
“In 1860 a Small copper-gilt burial chalice was found beneath the floor of the transept. It was preserved by the late Dr Charlton of Newcastle, but is now in the possession of the Rev. Walker Featherstonehaugh, Rector of Edmundbyers. It is noticed in ‘Archæologia Æliana,’ vol.v, p.170.” [C C Hodges 1888 Monograph p.62]
“During the restoration of the church an ancient miniature chalice was found on the breast of a skeleton in a stone coffin lying in the north transept of the church. It was of copper, and had been strongly gilt. It was 2½ inches high, with 2½ inches diameter. The bowl was hemispherical, with a beaded ring round the base. It had a short stem ⅝ of an inch high, and stood upon an inverted segment of a sphere ¾ of an inch high. It was bought at the time by Mr Featherstonhaugh.” [A B Hinds, History of Northumberland, vol.III, p.175–176]
Dimensionsapprox. H 65 | dia. 60
CurrentLocNoteon display | in new central display case
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop
ReferenceKirby 1974 Pl.XXIXa
EP 184/162 (16 Feb. 1957) Letter from British Museum re Saxon Chalice. With subsequent letter, 13 December 1965 and typescript note re Chalice, n.d.
1967. Loan of Saxon chalice and other items to the Arts Council for exhibition. Faculty Regr. no.3. Faculty no.2510, 6.9.1967. NRO EP.184/80.
Faculty: 2008, 17 April. 1. To loan the Anglo-Saxon chalice for the exhibition “Sacred Silver from the English Church” summer 2008; to undertake work on the green deposit on the chalice; all in accordance with the letter of Mr Colin Dallison of 23rd November 2007, the associated Statement of Needs, the letter and attachment of The Goldsmiths’ Company of 3rd September 2007 describing the exhibition, and the letter of The Institute of Conservation of 8th November 2007, photograph of chalice also supplied. PROVIDED THAT:— (a) the display case in Hexham Abbey is improved to museum-standard for the return of the chalice. (b) the use of Incralac should be replaced with micro-crystalline as referred to in a letter of 31st March 2008 from the Council of the Care of Churches to Mr C. Dallison. … Completion due by 16 Apr 2009. Completed August 2008.

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TitleOne of Four Fairless Brasses (for 3 windows)
ObjectNamebrass | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionBrass relating to all three windows, dedicated by William Dean Fairless and John Liddle Fairless in memory of their parents and brother.
Inscription
☩ The Three Eastern Windows of this Aisle are dedicated by
WILLIAM DEAN FAIRLESS and JAMES LIDDLE FAIRLESS
TO ∶ THE ∶ GLORY ∶ OF ∶ GOD ∶ and in Loving Memory of their PARENTS
JOSEPH·FAIRLESS of HEXHAM, who died 15th April A·D·1873, aged 84 years, and his WIFE
ELIZABETH, daughter of WILLIAM DEAN, who died 23rd September A·D·1847, aged 48 years
and of their BROTHER, THOMAS·KERR·FAIRLESS, who died 14th July A·D·1853, aged 27 years.
ObjProdDatec1879
ObjectHistoryNoteAll three windows were unveiled in January 1880. This brass was originally fixed to the N wall of the N Transept aisle, below the N window to Elizabeth Fairless [HEXAB1420].
“Peace perfect peace”. Joseph FAIRLESS b 5 Dec 1789, d 15 Apr 1873. [Inscription at Cemetery 30/24: see URL]
From burial register: 1543; Fairless, Joseph; Gentleman; 84; Hexham; 18 Apr 1873; H.C.Barker; C520.
DimensionsH 300 | W 900 approx.
CurrentLocNoteon ledge below southernmost 2 windows
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle
ReferenceCND: NTEW10
‘Hexham Cemetery’ p.35.
URLSee also: www.findagrave.com

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TitleWomersley memorial plate
ObjectNamestall-plate | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionSmall brass memorial plate in memory of Ronald William Womersley, BA Director of Music 1960 – 1965, died Easter Monday 19th April 1965 aged 31.
Fixed with four brass screws at corner
Inscription
In Memory of
RONALD WILLIAM WOMERSLEY.
B.A.
Director of the Abbey Music
1960 – 1965
who died on Easter Monday
19th. April 1965 aged 31 years
R.I.P.
InscriptionDescriptionRecessed letters painted white below recessed cross, also white. Mixed case, centred.
ObjProdDate1966
ObjectHistoryNote1966. The Faculty for the Womersley Memorial has now been received and the work on the Plaque has been put in hand. [Abbey Chronicle, June & July 1966]
P.C.C. Report. … the Womersley Memorial, the Plaque for which is now ready, and which will be dedicated as soon as Mr. Womersley’s father is able to be present. [Abbey Chronicle, Sep. 1966]
At the P.C.C. meeting on 6th Sept. it was reported that the Womersley Memorial Tablet would be dedicated at Mattins on Sunday 25th Sept. [Abbey Chronicle, Oct. 1966]
DimensionsH 333 | W 303
CurrentLocNotefixed | back of E stall S1 [HEXAB177.1]
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle
ReferenceCND: Stall-Plate 4
EP 184/144 (1960–1965, 1965–1966) Correspondence re preparation of a memorial plaque to Ronald Womersley, Director of the Abbey Music.
1966. Erection of memorial plaque. Faculty Regr. no.3. Faculty no.2463, 4.5.1966. NRO EP.184/80.

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TitleNicholson memorial plate
ObjectNamestall-plate | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionSmall brass plate. Simple incised white-painted margin line diverging at corners to embrace four fixing screws. Maker’s name bottom right.
Inscription
THIS STALL RESTORED BY OLD CHORISTERS
IN MEMORY OF THE LATE
JOHN NICHOLSON
ORGANIST AND
CHOIRMASTER OF THIS CHURCH
1865–1881
InscriptionDescriptionLetters recessed and painted white. Large & small capitals, centred.
ObjProdOrganisationJ Wirrell & Co Ltd, Exeter & London
ObjProdDate1908
ObjectHistoryNote08/08/1908: “At the afternoon service there was the dedication of the vestries, the stalls for the clergy and choir, the Leschman and Ogle Chantries, the choir pulpit. The Bishop of Durham preached the sermon, after which the Archbishop pronounced an ancient benediction. The Rector dedicated a choir stall presented on behalf of Old Choristors in memory of John Nicholson, organist and choirmaster.” [ANV No.85 Jul/Aug 2008 p.16]
John Nicholson was appointed organist of St Thomas’s Church, Newcastle. [Hexham Courant 18/10/1879] He died in March 1893 in his 49th year.
“The inscription on plate to be affixed to Choir Stall erected by old members of Choir in memory of the late John Nicholson, Organist & Choirmaster in the Abbey 18[blank] to 18[blank] was approved.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 19/10/1908]
NotesNo known relationship to the John Nicholson commemorated in window HEXAB1425.
DimensionsH 114 | W 228
CurrentLocNotefixed | back of 2nd W stall S14 HEXAB177.14
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle
ReferenceCND: Stall-Plate 2

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB9019.49 | HEXAB4111
TitleIron Bracket above Millennium Banner
ObjectNamebracket | metalwork
Materialiron
BriefDescriptionThe bracket is secured to the fragment of S nave wall extending W from the SW pier of the tower so it could pre-date the rebuilding of the nave. Horizontal bar supports upright with spiked disc finial on which a helmet was placed. Bar is supported by angled bracket, both being screwed into stones of the South Nave Wall.
ObjProdDatepre 20th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteThe bracket originally (pre-1908 in the Chancel, and post-1908 in the Nave) supported the helmet of the Duke of Somerset (executed after the Battle of Hexham Levels 1464). Helmet now kept in Old Gaol Museum.
Hodges (1888) plate 3 shows the same bracket fixed to the north wall of the chancel towards the E end. See lantern-slide HEXAB9019.49 for photo of helmet.
Used to suspend the Millennium Banner [HEXAB4111]
Dimensionsbar length approx.600 | upright approx. 300 | bracket approx. 600
CurrentLocationNave/South Wall/Bay 1 (East)
ReferenceFaculty: 2015. 7 May. The extension of the loan of the skull and helmet of Sir John Fenwick to the Woodhorn Trust for five years.

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TitleFont Canopy Suspension System
ObjectNamesuspension | metalwork
Materialmetal
BriefDescriptionA series of iron rods joined to each other by their terminal hooks, secured through roof truss over the font. The canopy was made, using old woodwork found in the Abbey by Josephus Ceulemans, a Flemish refugee from Gt. War then living in Hexham. The design was by C C Hodges who put together, restored and completed the old canopy, which had been broken up but had fortunately escaped destruction! All Hodge’s description refers to the woodwork, but the woodwork, simple as it is, would have been installed at the same time.
[Hexham and its Abbey, Hodges & Gibson 1919 p63]
ObjProdDate1916
Dimensionsdifficult to assess from ground level; rods could be over 2m long; end rods look shorter
CurrentLocationNave/West End
ReferenceC C Hodges, Hexham and its Abbey, Gibson Hexham 1919 p63

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TitleBrooch with Engraved View of Abbey from NW
ObjectNamebrooch | metalwork
Materialsilver
CreditLineKindly donated by Jenny Marshall of Adelaide Exchange Jewellers
BriefDescriptionOval engraved view of Hexham Abbey from NW, including title HEXHAM ABBEY CHURCH, in sub-baroque curly frame, all silver; with simple fastening pin on the back. Engraved view is not accurate – for example, it shows low windows in W. wall of N. Transept where there have never been windows. This might suggest the engraver was working from a sketch or a [Gibson?] photo. View from Abbey House with features obscured by trees.
HallmarkGT(?) maker | Anchor: Birmingham | lion passant | Gothic ‘p’ =1889.
ObjProdDatec1889
ObjectHistoryNoteGift in 2013 from Jenny Marshall of Adelaide Exchange Jewellers who had bought it herself in Tasmania
DimensionsH 25 | W 45 | weight 5.4 grams
ReferenceHAR: fn.9 p.8 Fig.5 p.9

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TitleCourt House Brass
ObjectNamebrass | metalwork
Materialbrass | wood
BriefDescriptionRectangular brass plate on wooden block.
Inscription
THIS COURTHOUSE
WAS REOPENED BY
SIR MICHAEL BLAKE BT.
HIGH SHERIFF OF
NORTHUMBERLAND
ON 1ST MAY 2002
ObjProdDate2002
ObjectHistoryNote2002: Tynedale Magistrates’ Court re-opened its doors on Wednesday 1st May, after a £189,000 refit.
2011: “Almost 400 years of judicial history came to an end when the doors were closed for the final time on Tynedale Magistrates’ Court [31/03/2011]. The court, which has operated since 1614, is a victim of Government spending cuts, with cases being transferred to Newcastle from today.” [The Journal 01/04/2018]
DimensionsH brass 230 | H block 255 | W brass 299 | W block 330
CurrentLocationIn storage

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TitleFacsimile Seal of Archbishop Waldby 1397–1398
ObjectNameseal | metalwork
Materialmetal | resin
LabelTextSEAL OF ARCHBISHOP WALDBY
This impression is from a double seal matrix of Robert, Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Lord of Hexham 1397–1398
S Robert Eboracensis Archiepiscopi Angliæ Primatis et Domini de Hextildeham
from the estate of the late Revd Joe Linton
BriefDescriptionResin facsimile of seal on chain in original presentation card box.
InscriptionS ROBERT EBORACENSIS ARCHIEPISCOPI ANGLIÆ PRIMATIS ET DOMINI DE HEXTILDEHAM
InscriptionLanguageLatin
InscriptionTranslationSt Robert, Archbishop of York, Primate of England and Lord of Hexham
ObjProdDate1950s?
ObjectProductionPeriodoriginal 1397–1398
ObjectHistoryNoteRetired priest gave this to the Revd Joe Linton who could not remember when or by whom. He passed it for Abbey collection to Roger Milton, Reader Emeritus, who passed it on to CND.
DimensionsDiam. 60 | Depth 4 mm | chain length 660 mm
CurrentLocNoteloose in box with lid
CurrentLocationNave/North Aisle/Case 2 (North)

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TitleRussian Brass and Enamel Icon
ObjectNameicon | metalwork
Materialbrass
LabelTextRUSSIAN BRASS AND ENAMEL ICON
This icon was probably made for the ‘Old Believers’, a group that broke away from the Russian Orthodox Church around 1666 because they disagreed with reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow. It seems these icons were made for personal devotion and were semi-mass produced. Examples can be found plain, or with one enamel colour as in this example, or up to three different enamel colours. It is not certain how this came into the Abbey’s possession, but was recently brought to light again, wrapped in a duster in the bottom of a safe!
BriefDescriptionRussian Orthodox icon of enamelled brass, the blue enamel providing the background to the many images depicting scenes from the Bible.
The central image is of the Crucifixion: On Christ’s left is the spear with which he was pierced and on the right the sponge on a reed with which he was given a drink. At the base of the cross is a skull – the Crucifixion took place at Golgotha – ‘The Place of the Skull’ outside the walls of Jerusalem, which can be seen to the left of Christ’s feet.
ObjProdDate19th cent
ObjectHistoryNotec1980s in display case in the Abbey Museum in the N Chancel aisle
ReferenceHAR: fn.5 p.4, Fig.2 p.5
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleCommemorative wall brass
ObjectNamebrass | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionCommemorative wall brass; inscribed letters black, with top line and initial drop-capitals red, all inside black border.
InscriptionHEXHAM·ABBEY·CHURCH.
THE·CHOIR·OF·THIS·CHURCH·WAS·RESTORED
BY·SUBSCRIPTION·A·D·1858–60. THE
EASTERN·END·BEING·REBUILT·BY·THE·PATRON.
WENTWORTH·BLACKETT·BEAUMONT·ESq.·M·P.
Joseph·Hudson·M·A·Incumbent.
E. Pruddah.
W.W. Gibson.
W. Wear.
W. Pattinson.
W. Pearson. } Churchwardens.
John·Dobson·Architect.

THE·TRANSEPTS·WERE·RESTORED
BY·SUBSCRIPTION·A·D·1869–70.
Henry·Christopher·Barker·M·A·Incumbent.
W. Taylor.
W. Cooke.
J. Nicholson.
T. Dobson. B.A.
W. Alexander. } Churchwardens.
Robert·J·Johnson·Architect.
ObjProdDatec1870
ObjectHistoryNoteAt one time (possibly 1907–1916 or 1947) affixed to E wall of S bay of S transept, now St Etheldreda’s chapel. Possibly originally affixed to E wall of chancel.
DimensionsH 450 | W 305
CurrentLocationIn storage

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB1039 | HEXAB1407.5
TitleCommemorative wall brass
ObjectNamebrass | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionCommemorative wall brass; inscribed letters black, with top line and initial drop-capital red, all inside black border.
InscriptionA·D·1885–7
THE·ROOFS·OF·CHOIR·AND·TRANSEPTS
WERE·RENEWED·THE·TOWER·REPAIRED
THE·CLOCK·AND·CHIMES·RECONSTRUCTED
THE·THIRD·FIFTH·AND·SEVENTH·BELLS·WERE
RECAST·AND·THE·WHOLE·PEAL·REHUNG
BY·SUBSCRIPTION.
Canon·Barker·M·A·Rector
William·Jasper·Capper
Lewis·Chalmers·Lockhart
Thomas·Ellis
Isaac·Baty
George·Hogarth·Bell } Church-wardens
Robert·James·Johnson
Architect.
ObjProdOrganisationT. Thomason and Co. Birmingham
ObjProdDatec1887
ObjectHistoryNoteAt one time (possibly 1907–1916 or 1947) affixed to E wall of S bay of S transept, now St Etheldreda’s chapel. Possibly originally affixed to E wall of chancel.
DimensionsH 460 | W 305
CurrentLocationIn storage

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB4122 | HEXAB4123
TitleBrass Plate for Fusiliers Colours
ObjectNamebrass | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionRectangular brass plate with relevant correspondence.
Inscription
THESE COLOURS
were presented to the
4th BATTALION FIFTH FUSILIERS (TA)
by
Major General Sir Percival Wilkinson K.C.M.G. C.B.
at Newburn on 15th July 1920
They were lodged in this Abbey
on
18th NOVEMBER 1979
ObjProdDate1985
ObjectHistoryNoteThe Diocese refused permission for the brass plate to be installed in the Abbey.
Dimensions290 × 200
CurrentLocationIn storage

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB1123
TitleRing and Padlock (barrel-type)
ObjectNamepadlock | metalwork
Materialiron
BriefDescriptionfixed ring, padlock possibly removable
Ring fixed in the wall with lime or mortar mix (old) with Barrel lock – five ridges – one end open – hexagonal aperture [for socket set release] Metal on barrel not the same as metal on ring. Location next to and probably after, ‘AW’ (HEXAB1123.4.1) incised into wall to right and ‘WR’ (HEXAB1123.3.2) to its left (south).
Purpose unknown; possibly for securing alms box (in N. Transept which for centuries was the main ‘porch’ of the church)
ObjectProductionPeriod19th century? guess
Dimensionsring diameter 46 | bore 13 | hole diameter 20 | lock ring diameter 52 | L 60 | barrel dia 24
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/West Wall/Bay 2

ObjectNumberHEXAB2182
AssocObjNumberHEXAB255
TitleBrass plate memorial: Douglas Bamber 1921–1991
ObjectNamememorial | metalwork
Materialbrass
BriefDescriptionBrass plate with screw holes in corners for fixing inscribed in black letters:
Inscription
In loving memory of
DOUGLAS BAMBER
1921 – 1991
ObjProdDatec1991
ObjectHistoryNoteOriginally fixed to the Bamber Seat [HEXAB255] but replaced by new plate after Betty Bamber’s death in 2004.
DimensionsH 48 | W 114
CurrentLocationIn storage

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TitleGate between Prior’s Court and Abbey Grounds
ObjectNamegate | metalwork
Materialiron
Colourblack
BriefDescriptionGate of square-section hollow bar metal (galvanized wrought iron) painted black, with ‘Gothic’ pointed top incorporating triquetra, hinged to metal upright post to south and latched to another post to north. Posts have ball finials, approx 70 mm diameter. Unattached to park fencing – five horizontals – to each side. TT bolt can be padlocked. Two hinges. Drop-bolt but without holding stone in either closed or open position, so sticks into earth.
ObjProdDate2018
NotesSketch on Form 1.
DimensionsH 1890 | W 990 | D 22 × 22 bar | Posts 80 × 80
CurrentLocationExterior/Prior’s Court
ReferenceHexham Abbey News 06/05/2018