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TitleFont cover
ObjectNamefont-cover | furniture
Materialoak
BriefDescriptionCircular cover with central boss and open canopy of six ogee scrolls, curled at the foot on the cover and meeting to support a circular covered urn-shaped finial on a plinth. All dark polished oak.
A simple Crown font cover of thin boards supporting six ogee scrolls rising from the angles and meeting just below the finial. The volute of each scroll has a plain ball finish.
“It is furnished with a wooden cover, not without character, which may safely be assigned to the time of the general repair in 1725.” [Hodges, Monograph, 1888, p.45.]
“Early 17thC. Baroque, Jacobean.” [Hugh Dixon, Historic Buildings Adviser, National Trust, 8 Oct 2004.]
ObjProdDateearly 17th–18th cent?
ObjectHistoryNotePreviously (at least 1905–c1916?) on the font in S bay of S transept, now St Etheldreda’s chapel.
For some time between 1870 and 1905 on the font immediately west of the tower crossing in the 1870 vestry annex.
“It was agreed that the oak Font Cover be given a coat of preservative preparation.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 02/11/1920]
DimensionsH 802 mm | Diameter 807 mm
CurrentLocationNave/West End
ReferenceHAR: fn.17 p.52
1916. 13th day of April. 1. To remove the Font to the West end of the Nave. 2. To erect and complete the restored ancient font cover. … Faculty Regr. no.1. Faculty no.520. NRO EP.184/80.

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB2125 | HEXAB3051 | HEXAB6504
TitleFont canopy
ObjectNamecanopy | furniture
Materialwood
LabelTextThe Font Canopy
“Cruel product of the Devil’s cruel war”
This soaring canopy above the font is a symbol of one of Europe’s biggest refugee crises.
It was created by a Belgian craftsman called Joseph Ceulemans who fled to Britain with his
family after the terrible events known as “the Rape of Belgium”.
BriefDescriptionUnpolished oak – darkening. Elaborate canopy in Gothic style, rising from octagonal pendant vaulting through seven overlapping levels of Gothic tracery and finials to tall multi-crocketed spire surmounted by a dove with spread wings over an octagonal pendant-vaulted cornice. Suspended above the Font [HEXAB6504] on seven iron bars [HEXAB2125] with hooks at their ends.
1916: “Dear Canon Savage, Hexham Abbey Font. Since I wrote my report we have had several conversations on the question, and on Jan. 28th you suggested that we might adopt the plan of making the tabernacle a fixture and retain the old Georgian cover in use upon the font. This suggestion led me to reconsider the matter, and I concluded, and I think rightly, that the tabernacle had never been formed to rise and fall, balanced by a counterpoise. It then became necessary to abandon the thick base board, and to design a canopy for the lowest stage, to be viewed from below as well as laterally. The canopy consists of a wooden vault with diagonal ridge, wall, and lierne ribs of a suitable section, as in the margin. The inter-sections of the ribs are covered with carved bosses in the form of the Tudor rose of the period of the work, and there is a large centre boss with pendant. The sides, 12 in number, have carved and traceried panel pieces varying in pattern, there being ten different designs in the circuit. The angles have crocketted pinnacles rising from carved bosses. Around the sides, and surmounting them, is a brattish of carved leaves, and the junction of the brattish and spandrel pieces is covered by an embattled moulding. At the angles of the brattish are 12 crocketted pinnacles. The spire rises to a height, including the finial, of 11 feet 4 inches above the floor of the third stage. It has eight ribs adorned with a total number of 156 carved crockets. The space between the ribs is carved with thin boards. The finial is in the form of a dove with outstretched wings. The total height of the tabernacle and canopy is 20 feet 6 inches. The total height from the floor, when fixed, will be close upon 30 feet. In scale the tabernacle will be the largest in England. That at Uffard, Suffolk, the tallest extant, being 18 feet 9 inches. Yours very truly, Charles C. Hodges.”
ObjProdPersonJosephus Ceulemans [wood carver] | C C Hodges [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs James and T Hedley of Hexham [joiners and cabinet makers]
ObjProdDate1915–1916
ObjectHistoryNote“Proposed by Mr Harrison, seconded by Mr Walker, and unanimously agreed:— That the Abbey Font be completed with steps and ancient tabernacle cover (pendant) and be placed with ancient kneeling boards at the west end of the Nave as advised by Mr Temple Moore and Mr C C Hodges, and that an appeal be made by the Rector to defray the cost of the same at or about the sum of two hundred pounds; and that application for faculty be made.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 04/11/1915]
The canopy was constructed by Hexham craftsmen using wood carved by Ceulemans, a Flemish refugee from the Great War then living near Hexham, and old woodwork found in the Abbey. The design was by C C Hodges who supervised the restoration of the old canopy, which had been broken up but had fortunately escaped complete destruction. The font has a separate cover [HEXAB102], with the canopy permanently suspended above it.
Mr Temple Moore writes:— “I think it is a very good idea hanging the canopy in a fixed position over the Font, and retaining the use of the old Georgian cover.” [Hex. Par. Mag. Apr. 1916]
“For many long years the delicately carved wood work of this magnificent canopy has lain neglected in different parts of the Abbey and it was a happy thought of the Rector and those associated with the scheme, that the pieces should be collected and restored to their original positions. There were several missing parts but their duplication has been cleverly executed by M Ceulemans, a Belgian refugee residing in Allendale, whilst the old work has been cleaned and admirably restored by Messrs James and T Hedley, joiners and cabinet makers of this town. The supplying and fixing of the stone base, which lends a dignity and nobleness to the structure was entrusted to Messrs Herdman and Sons and the whole scheme for which Mr C C Hodges was the architect, has been completed with a success that need by gratifying alike to all concerned…” [Hexham Herald 22 April 1916]
Some of the old carved wood fragments were fixed to the back of the old organ case facing west, as seen in photographs and postcards pre-1905.
“Dear Mr Savage, My wife and myself have been considering what we could do for your Scheme for Hexham Abbey, and we have concluded to ask if we may be allowed to pay the cost of removing the font and the reconstruction of the font cover. Should the cost of the work be less than £30, we will hand you the balance should it exceed that amount, we will pay the excess, etc. CHARLES C. HODGES.” [Hexham Parish Magazine, October, 1899, p.83]
“My grandfather – James Armstrong Hedley, of Hedleys Cabinet Makers, Back Street – cleaned all the old wood and then screwed together those pieces and the new carved pieces, using many, many screws, to form the new canopy.” [Pers. mems. Jim Hedley, 5.12.2011]
DimensionsH approx. 6000 mm | Diameter approx. 1000 mm | [not measured in detail]
CurrentLocNotefixed | suspended from roof
CurrentLocationNave/West End
ReferenceHodges & Gibson, Hexham and its Abbey, 1919 p.63
HAR: fn.19 p.52
1916. Faculty: 2. To erect and complete the restored ancient font cover. Faculty Regr. no.1. Faculty no.520, 13 April 1916. NRO EP.184/80

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TitleSaint Wilfrid’s Cathedral Hexham
ObjectNamedrawing | flat art
Materialpaper
ContentDescriptionFramed plan of Abbey showing remains exposed at various times, chiefly in 1907–1909
At bottom-right: ‘Original signed: | “Charles Clement Hodges, Architect | mens. et del. various dates 1873 to 1909. | Traced June 1923” | Redrawn from the original in 1966 | David J. Curry Architect’
ObjProdPersonDavid J Curry
ObjProdDate1966
ObjectHistoryNoteMoved slightly eastward after the building of the ramp access to SW door in 2014.
Drawing used, slightly modified, as Fig.1 on p.146 in Archæologia Æliana, Fifth series, Volume VII, Chapter VI, pp145–157. Excavations over St Wilfrid’s crypt at Hexham 1978 by Richard N Bailey et al.
Dimensionsvisible 1020 × 720
CurrentLocationNave/South Wall/Bay 5

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB6135.2 | HEXAB109 | HEXAB111
TitleArchæological fragment display box (feet)
ObjectNamedisplay-box | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionGlazed oak display box divided into two sections; left with text and reconstruction drawing locating the fragments; right containing the fragments.
ObjProdDateLate 1960s
ObjectProductionPeriodcontaining object published 1966 by Dr H M Taylor
ObjectHistoryNoteGift of Dr H M Taylor, Vice Chancellor of Keele University.
The four fragments were discovered in 1907 “in a hole, near, the west end of the Nave”. They were described, but not illustrated, by the finders C C Hodges and the Revd E S Savage. Rediscovered in wooden box in the vestry in 1965 and published by Dr H M Taylor who also provided the display boxes (HEXAB110 & HEXAB111). As such they are interesting examples of dated display of antiquities.
DimensionsH 430 mm | W 560 mm | D 150 mm
CurrentLocationIn storage
ReferenceEP 184/145 (1965–1966) Correspondence with University of Keele re Saxon Stone. Includes 2 photographs and 3 drawings of stones.

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TitleArchæological fragment display-box (torso)
ObjectNamedisplay-box | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionGlazed oak display box divided into two sections; left with text and reconstruction drawing locating the fragments; right containing the fragments.
ObjProdDateLate 1960s
ObjectProductionPeriodcontaining object published 1966 by Dr H M Taylor
ObjectHistoryNoteGift of Dr H M Taylor, Vice Chancellor of Keele University.
The four fragments were discovered in 1907 “in a hole, near, the west end of the Nave”. They were described, but not illustrated, by the finders C C Hodges and the Revd E S Savage. Rediscovered in wooden box in the vestry in 1965 and published by Dr H M Taylor who also provided the display boxes (HEXAB110 & HEXAB111). As such they are interesting examples of dated display of antiquities.
DimensionsH 480 mm | W 560 mm | D 150 mm
CurrentLocationIn storage
ReferenceEP 184/145 (1965–1966) Correspondence with University of Keele re Saxon Stone. Includes 2 photographs and 3 drawings of stones.

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TitleCredence table east of crypt screen
ObjectNametable | furniture
Materiallight oak
Colourbrown
BriefDescriptionLight oak, adzed; understretcher with triple plain balusters. Inscription on understretcher:
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF
ANDREA BASEY
1966 – 2006
ObjProdOrganisationCartwheel Furniture, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, N Yorkshire
ObjProdDate2007
ObjectHistoryNoteA new credence table, made in English oak with an adzed surface by a craftsman in North Yorkshire, has been dedicated in memory of Andrea Basey who died aged 40 in 2006. The prayer of dedication included: “Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of this credence table. As the gifts of bread and wine are brought to the altar from it, so may we give thanks for the gift of Andrea’s life and love”. [ANV 81, March 2008 p.14]
DimensionsH 752 mm | W 685 mm | D 430 mm
CurrentLocNoteon ground
CurrentLocationNave

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TitleNave north pews (back)
ObjectNamepew | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionNumbered 44–53. Square ended, oak, with roll moulding on top and sides. Planked seat back with shelf with brass name card holder at outer accessible ends.
ObjProdDate1860?
ObjectHistoryNotePews were formerly used in the choir but moved to this position in 1908 after the nave was built [ex.inf. C Dallison]
“The three back pews had been washed and polished removing the patina of age. Agreed that the result was not worth the effort involved and our thanks should be conveyed for a very noble effort.” [PCC Min. 8/3/1983 p.140 6.3]
In 2016(?) former pew front [HEXAB128] was fixed behind rear pew (no.53).
DimensionsH from platform 840 | W 3010 mm | D 470 mm
CurrentLocationNave

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TitlePew front repurposed
ObjectNamepew-front | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionPew Front in Gothic style, with nine panels carved with blind tracery of four different designs
ObjProdDate19th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteLong stored between pews 1–3 & N wall of Nave; in 2016 affixed to rear pew (no.53) on north side of Nave central aisle.
DimensionsH 860 mm | W 2860 mm
CurrentLocNotefixed; behind pew 53
CurrentLocationNave/West End
ReferenceFaculty: 2016, 15 July. … The fixing of a decorative wooden panel (previously removed [1990?] from the front pew in the North Nave Aisle) behind the rear pew on the North side of the Nave as per the report and photographs from Jason Robinson-Gay.
“The work has been completed. The committee expresses their appreciation and gratitude to Jason Robinson-Gay for his work.” [Property Cttee, Sep. 2016.]

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TitleFormer Breeches Bible display stand
ObjectNamedisplay-stand | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionLockable oak display case with lifting glazed lid. Built especially to contain the Breeches Bible.
ObjProdDate1990s
ObjectHistoryNotePreviously used to display the Breeches Bible which is now housed in one of the new display cases. The oak from which the cabinet is made is now recognized as sufficiently acid to possibly cause harm to some contents in contact.
DimensionsH 955 mm (max) | W 658 mm | D 515 mm
CurrentLocNoteloose | against N wall at E end of N Nave Aisle
CurrentLocationNave/North Aisle

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB3044 | HEXAB9158.5 | HEXAB9009.1
TitleSmithson Screen
ObjectNamescreen | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionGothic oak screen of 12 columns supporting a spreading ribbed vaulting supporting wider gallery area, used as organ loft since the 18th century. The six columns on each side divide the screen into five archways; the centre archway is open with access from crossing to choir. On West side, each arch has a fixed lower area of four panels, each with a painted saint. Above, the pointed arch is filled with double-leaf folding shutters. Within the central archway there is a door on each side leading into the space between the sides of the screen. Above the doors in the central archway are two paintings: on the north is the Annunciation and on the south is the Visitation. On the east side the archways are open with no shutters. Lower panels obscured by choir stalls. On upper west side, the gallery front is made up of 21 traceried niches. On upper east side is a polygonal projection of 6 panels, four painted with saints. To each side are five panels also painted with saints.
ObjProdDateLate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNote1865. The erection of a larger organ, brought from Carlisle Cathedral some years ago, has caused a great deal of reconstruction about the gallery and its eastern front. [Hexham Abbey, Monograph by Hodges, 1888, p.47]
The gallery above was widened and the pulpitum enlarged, when the present organ was put in, about 1865. [Hexham and its Abbey, Hodges, 1889, p.73]
NotesThere are infra-red images of 14 of the 16 painted panels on the west side [HEXAB9009.1]
DimensionsApprox max D 3960 mm | ground level D north side 2130 mm | south side 2150 mm | W north side 3180 mm | south side 3130 mm | archway 1670 mm
CurrentLocNotefixed, east side
CurrentLocationTower Crossing
Reference1916. 17th day of August. Restoration of West side of the Rood Screen. Faculty Regr. no.1. Faculty no.539. NRO EP.184/80.
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleSt Cuthbert
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Scs Cuthbertus’ Background is red with floriated brocade pattern. St Cuthbert carrying head of Oswald in right hand. crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTracery heads are green. Tracery front may have orpiment. Paint barb is present down the right hand side, board shifted by 2cm towards the left. Active flaking in the face. Iconoclasm in both faces and on the inscription.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt Denis
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Scs [-]is’ Green brocade pattern background. St Denis carrying his own severed head with his left hand; a cephalophore. Another head superimposed upon the neck suggesting symbolically the journey made from the scene of his execution. Crosier in right hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTracery heads are red, and are positioned low by about 1cm. Clear paint barb. Halo orpiment, but very deteriorated. Heavily restored. Iconoclasm targeting the severed head and neck, not head in background.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt (unknown)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Scs [-]’ (It is a long name with as many as 10 letters, not legible). Green tracery heads, green panel background with a chequered background carried out in black. Crosier in right hand; open book in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionThe panel is offset, a few cms too low
for its tracery. There does appear to be orpiment on this panel as well. Iconoclasm in the hand and faces, also upper body. The inscription is worn and overpainted. Again, this panel is significantly repainted.
ObjProdDatec1500
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TitleSt Alchmund
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Scs Alchmundus’ There are remnants of a brocade pattern around the back. Red tracery head background. Right hand raised in blessing; crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionA paint barb is visible to the right-hand side. There appears to be orpiment in the mitre. It is hard to read the background, it is now very ‘muddy’. There is iconoclasm in the saint’s face and sporadically on the hands and upper body. Copious restoration, including the entire background. Occasional flaking.
ObjProdDatec1500
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TitleSt Eata
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Eata reg vii a’ Green tracery head background. Red floral brocade pattern on the background of the panel. St Eata holds a red bag in right hand, crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionIconoclasm on hand, bag, face. Significant repainting of the main elements like the crosier. Sporadic flaking.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt Tilbert
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Tilhbertus reg ** a’ There is clear evidence of brocade in the background. Right hand raised in blessing; crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionPaint barb on the left side has shifted about a cm and at the top it has shifted down by 0.5cm. Iconoclasm has occurred to the face, hands and chest. Orpiment has been employed in the background, which is now very murky and overpainted.
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TitleSt Wilfrid
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Wilfrid?’ Green tracery head. Diaper background with use of orpiment. Closed book in right hand, primatial cross in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionIconoclasm has occurred to the face and emblem.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt John of Beverley
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘St John of Beverley (S Johan)’ Red tracery heads. Dark brocade background. Closed book in left hand, primatial cross in right hand.
PhysicalDescriptionA considerable amount of iconoclasm.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleArchbishop ?
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Unknown Archbishop’ Green tracery heads. Right hand raised in blessing; primatial cross in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionThe red background is relatively well-preserved. Iconoclasm has occurred to the Archbishop’s head and cross.
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CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt (unknown)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Ea….(+ 5 additional letters?)’ Diaper pattern background that appears to contain orpiment. Crosier in right hand; left hand pointing to his right.
PhysicalDescriptionThere is a paint barb visible on the left. Very damaged evident in raking light along the bottom. Iconoclasm particularly visible on the face.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt Francis of Assisi
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S. aed…?’ Green tracery heads. Green background with foliage brocade pattern. The saint’s mitre is relatively well-preserved. Crosier in left hand; right hand holding his cope.
PhysicalDescriptionIconoclasm has happened to the hand and face. A bad horizontal scrape is present below the chin.
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TitleSt (unknown)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionRed tracery heads, red background with floral brocade. Crosier in right hand, closed book with clasp in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionPaint scheme not wide enough for the space – i.e. 1cm too short on the right. Iconoclasm has occurred to the face and throughout.
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TitleSt (unknown)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionHardly any remnant of the inscription is left Disrupted orpiment containing background with brocade pattern. Crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionBad instance of flaking, bottom left. Severe loss to the face. Varnish as on others. Iconoclasm bad on the face, a bit on the body.
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TitleSt Acca ?
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S?’ A diaper pattern of a muddy colour is present in the background with bright bits shining through, suggestive of orpiment. There are red tracery heads Crosier in right hand, open book in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionA diaper pattern of a muddy colour is present in the background with bright bits shining through, suggestive of orpiment. Iconoclasm is present on the face, book and hands.
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TitleSt Frithbert ?
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S [-] (It is a long name with as many as 10 letters, not legible)’ The tracery heads are green. Crosier in right hand. His open left hand faces outwards, as a sign of judgement.
PhysicalDescriptionThere is a paint barb along the left-hand side. There is iconoclasm on the face and a little further down. The panel background is red and there is a damaged brocade pattern. In this case, the inscription is quite repainted.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt (unknown)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Scs [-] (About 7 letters illegible)’ Tracery heads are red. The background is murky, brocaded and has some orpiment content. Crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionThere are paint barbs along both sides indicating a reduced original sight size to the current framework by 1cm in total. Iconoclasm on face and hands, there is little original left on his face. Some original blue in the paint of his face. Flaking significantly towards the bottom down to a white ground layer.
ObjProdDatec1500
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleThe Annunciation
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe winged angel Gabriel on the left and the virgin Mary on the right; [Luke 1:26–38].
PhysicalDescriptionVertical oak boards, from left to right, sight width 21.7cm, 27.5cm, 27.4cm, 27.5cm, 23cm. Central board has split. There is a split in the left-hand board, which has been repaired. Internal splitting in right hand lower board has occurred, but appears stable.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsW 127cm
CurrentLocNotefixed | north side of doorway
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleThe Visitation
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe visit of Mary (pregnant with Jesus) to Elizabeth (pregnant with John the Baptist) as recorded in the Gospel of Luke [Luke 1:39–56]. Alternatively, The Visitation might in fact be Mary Magdalene announcing, to the virgin Mary, the Resurrection, outside the city walls. The figure has the loose red hair of Mary Magdalene, on the right there is a very strong representation of a city gate, on the left could be the Rock of Calvary, with crosses on it.
PhysicalDescriptionSix large boards and one sliver (3cm) along left side. From left to right: 1: 17.5cm, 2: 23.2cm, 3: 23cm, 4: 23cm, 5: 23.2cm, 6: 12.5cm. The boards appear tooled rather than sawn. A split present in the 4th board, previously repaired, extends almost 50% up through the board. The brattishing moulding is original, though repainted.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsW 126cm
CurrentLocNotefixed | south side of doorway
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 1
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCrosier in right hand, closed book in left. Cope dark blue or green originally, patterned with pale fleurs-de-lis. Mitre, halo and crozier all gilded.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo oak boards, probably two rectangular inserts at the bottom, difficult to see due to dust. There is a wax repair to the join. No splits.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 40cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleArchbishop 2
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionGreen brocade pattern on the background. Starts on a red tracery head. Red dalmatic with the cross decorations. Primatial cross in left hand, closed book in right.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo oak boards, the whole bottom section appears to have been replaced. There is wax in the joint.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 39cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 3
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionInner tunic is green with red flowers. As with all the others, a verdant foreground meadow with a variety of flowering plants. Crosier in left hand, right hand raised in blessing.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo oak boards, some inserts on the bottom of the panel.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 35.5cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 4
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCondition is fairly good, hands, mitre, crozier, face look good. Less restoration on this face than on some of the other panels. The background has the green impasto brocade and survives quite poorly, like all the other green backgrounds. Crosier in left hand, closed book in right.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo oak panels, clearly jagged formation inserts of oak along the bottom, associated with a split close to the right hand edge and visible above the insert. Has been repaired again using a wax resin.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 33.5cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 5
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe tracery head internal colour is first red then green. The panel has a red background. The gilding survives well, on the crozier, mitre, halo. Face has heavy overpainting, but it is not clear whether this was really necessary as the eyes look in good condition. The same is true of the hands. He is wearing a dark cloak with white flowers and holds a green book with a red clasp in right hand, crosier in left.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo oak panels, there are inserts at the bottom there is a part missing and another section coming adrift. It would be sensible to stabilize the loose insert and to make a new insert for the bottom.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 33cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt Andrew
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionHe has red tracery heads behind the tracery. Brocade pattern on the background curtain which is green in colour. His halo is not gilded, very damaged though, possibly repainted. His white hair is done with impasto lead white. His cross has speckly, lumpy particles in the highlights which may well be lead tin yellow. His inner garment is red and contains vermilion. His outer garment is harder to determine, it appears to be plain. He stands barefoot on a pasture and there are little flowers in this area. His cross in left hand, a closed book in right.
PhysicalDescriptionOriginal sight size was 46cm. Two boards, no splits visible. There is a paint barb along both the sides which means he has been shifted (as we know he has been). There has been considerable overpainting.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 52.5cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt Etheldreda
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionGilding employed for halo, crown and highlights on hair. Also use of lead tin yellow highlights in the hair. The inside of the halo was originally blue. The background has an elaborate brocade pattern on a fictive curtain hanging on rings which are placed immediately below the points of the original tracery. The curtain imitates a green fabric with brighter green pomegranate design. The background has whitish brown over some of it, especially along the sides, which is most likely to be whitewash or graining. St Etheldreda, seated on backless throne, is wearing an ermine cloak with black ermine tails and red stars with some gilding and other red. Variations on red stars and on gilding. The inside of her cloak is green and her inner garment red. Her cloak may once have been blue or perhaps purple.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo wide boards, each board is 24cm wide. Vertical grain, oak. A vertical split coming from the top of the left-hand board, centrally, and extending two thirds of the length of the panel. No splits in the other board. No stability concerns associated with the splits. Tracery does not match the paint scheme and we know the panels have been in and out. Tracery is quite loose, it is not clear how it is fixed, it may be with two nails from the side.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 48cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt Oswald
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe blessing hand is well-preserved. The crown and halo are gilded, with white or lead tin yellow impasto highlights for hair and for curly beard. Seated on backless throne, he is wearing a brocade patterned garment and the colour scheme is once again hard to determine. Mimicry of gold thread in the brocade silk.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo oak boards, tracery profile belongs on the St John, not on this as there are two rather than three cusps on the lower ogee.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 48.5cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSt John the Evangelist
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionTracery head decorations are red. This panel is more overpainted than the other two and is also in worse condition (this has probably led to the overpaint). Heavily restored. Curtain in this instance was green. Serpent emerging from chalice in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTracery has been replaced incorrectly in this case: We see a 3-cusped tracery on a 2-cusped tracery pattern on the panel from the original scheme. Two boards. Two splits with associated, ample wax-filling that is cracking.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 52cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 6
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThere are sacred monograms on the garb. The halo, mitre and crozier are gilded. Dotted mitre very alike to the rostrum bishops. There is possibly gilding present on the clothing also. The figure is standing in a landscape with plants. The background is painted to imitate green brocade. Red and green alteration in tracery heads, starting with green. Adjacent barber’s pole paint scheme on the mullions is partially preserved. Crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo boards, but splits and insert at bottom. Large split in left hand board with historical repair with wax. Wax present in central join. Not perfectly fitted. Tracery probably original, very slightly misaligned, but stable.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 33cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleArchbishop 7
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionBackground is red brocade with blackened foliage patterning (possibly red lake over vermilion, causing blackening of vermilion). Possibly faded red or blue cloak. Well-preserved original gilding, but with some gold paint repairs. Primatial cross in right hand, red bag (containing book?) in left.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo boards. Inserts at the bottom, possibly broken board at the bottom. The tracery is misaligned. Used to be in a slightly narrower setting: visible paint barb along the left-hand edge.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 36.5cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 8
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionGreen foliage brocade pattern in background. Red colour in his cloak. Tracery unclear how it relates, but tracery continues in green and red sequence, starting with red. Crosier in right hand, closed book in left.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo boards, repair at the bottom with three replacement pieces. Fits better within the framework.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 38.5cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 9
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionFoliage brocade pattern. Gilding of the usual passages. Face well-preserved. colour hard to distinguish – appears brownish, with stars. Tracery heads starting with green. Crosier in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo boards, single insert at the bottom. Possibly small insert at bottom centre? Tracery close to being aligned, misaligned by a few millimetres only.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 40cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleBishop 10
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionFleur-de-lis decoration on inner garment. Greek crosses on outer robe. Tracery heads starting with green. Crosier in right hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo boards, quite stepped, two inserts at the bottom. No visible splits. Tracery not well-aligned.
ObjProdDatec1500
DimensionsSight W 37cm
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleSmithson Screen Pateræ, etc.
ObjectNamepatera | furniture
Materialwood | lead
BriefDescriptionPateræ and bosses affixed to various parts of the pulpitum; mostly carved wood, painted, some moulded lead.
13 of the 24 pateræ on the west side show Prior Thomas’s words, contorted and crammed into their own initials:
InscriptionContentOrate Pro Anima Domini Thomæ S Priori Huius Ecclesia Qui Fecit Hoc Opus
InscriptionTranslationPray For the Soul of Master Thomas S[mithson] Prior of This Church Who Made This Work
ObjProdDateLate 15th cent
CurrentLocationTower Crossing
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitlePulpit
ObjectNamepulpit | furniture
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionNW panel is painted with image of Christ crucified with sunburst and skull. Sunburst is moulded “INRI” above. SW panel is painted with two angels holding the instruments of the Passion “ihc” in sunburst relief work. SE panel painted with gold lettering “ihc” (five sets) — no linen fold panelling on this side. [ihc is an alternative form of IHS = the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem.]
BriefDescriptionWooden pulpit resting on stone plinth with three stone steps. Pulpit has two wooden steps. Square plan with 3 sides plus one for access. Each side is a large painted panel. Tracery work at top of two panels is painted gold over. Two sides have linen fold panelling at base. Mounted on NW side is an adjustable book rest decorated on the underside with gilded tracery on a red background.
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore (designer)
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (woodwork)
ObjProdDatec1911
ObjectHistoryNote“Drawings by Mr Temple Moore of proposed new pulpit and reading desk were submitted. It was decided to ask for estimates including painted panels.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 13/04/1911]
“The following resolution proposed by Mr Walker and seconded by Mr Fairlam was carried unanimously, viz:— That a new pulpit be provided at a cost of £96, a new reading desk for £18, also four painted panels for two bays in the triforia of the choir at a cost of £103; a total of £217, to be paid out of the Abbey fund.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 16/05/1911]
DimensionsH 1530 mm | W each side 790 mm
CurrentLocNoteSE crossing pier
CurrentLocationTower Crossing
ReferenceHAR: fn.16 p.52

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TitlePulpit North-West Panel
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe image is of Christ crucified with sunburst and skull at base. Sunburst is moulded. “INRI” on scroll above. [INRI = Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudæorum]
BriefDescriptionLarge painted panel with tracery work at top which is painted gold.
ObjProdDatec1911
ObjectHistoryNoteDamage to the sunburst at lower right was sustained during March 2018.
June 2007: Crossing pulpit: conservation of raised gold moulding [Proudlock]
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitlePulpit South-West Panel
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionTwo angels in dalmatic and alb holding between them a large shield with a black background on which are depicted the cross with three nails and interlaced with it the crown of thorns, the spear, and the sponge on a stick. “I.N.R.I.” on a scroll above the cross. At the top “ihc” in a small sunburst. [INRI = Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudæorum; ihc is an alternative form of IHS = the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem.]
BriefDescriptionLarge painted panel with tracery work at top which is painted gold.
ObjProdDatec1911
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitlePulpit South-West Panel
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription“ihc” five times in very large yellow letters, almost filling the surface, one central and one in each corner. [ihc is an alternative form of IHS = the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem.]
BriefDescriptionLarge plain dark wood panel
ObjProdDatec1911
CurrentLocationTower Crossing

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TitleMemorial Plaque from Piano
ObjectNameplaque | memorial
Materialbrass
Colouryellow
BriefDescriptionBrass memorial plaque formerly attached to piano which was sold in 2017.
Inscription
This piano was donated to Hexham Abbey in October 2001
by Mrs C. Wallace, in loving memory of her husband Leslie.
Connie and Leslie, life-long churchgoers, first attended the Abbey in 1965.
ObjProdDate2001
ObjectHistoryNoteRescued from the piano by the Rector and deposited with the conservation team. The piano [HEXAB139.1.1] was removed from the Abbey early 2017.
Dimensions250 × 50 × 1
CurrentLocationIn storage
ReferenceCND: NTAF11

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TitleKneeler front
ObjectNamekneeler | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak, sloping-topped kneeler. Front in three sections with open tracery work. Plain base with curving sides.
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
DimensionsH 720 mm | W 2620 mm | D 520 mm
CurrentLocNoteOn ground
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80
Caröe designed the altar, cross, candlesticks, standard candlesticks, wooden vases, communion rail kneeler. Faculty file, DN/8/2/2/1300.

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TitleAltar table war memorial chapel
ObjectNamealtar | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionLight oak altar table on five squared legs with tracery on the four corner legs. Open tracery decoration along front length. Engraved along the front:
InscriptionTO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1914–1918
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
ObjectHistoryNoteCanon Savage wanted to create a memorial to his son in the Abbey and outlined his vision for a side chapel, set aside for prayer and meditation. But his plans proved controversial and were rejected which caused hurt on both sides.
It took 19 years for agreement to be reached about a suitable memorial. Money for furnishing the chapel was donated by various people and the names of 247 men who died were listed in the Roll of Honour.
“Permanent War Memorial in the Abbey. The Rector referred to the conversation between the Church wardens and the British Legion on this subject, and said he proposed, with the Church wardens, to meet a representative committee of the Legion and discuss the possibility of placing a permanent War Memorial in the Abbey.” [PCC Min. 27/05/1930 p49]
War Memorial Chapel. Dedicated on Sunday 2nd February 1936 by the Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar 1936]
Roll of Honour, altar, candlesticks and cross, standard candlesticks, were dedicated on 2nd February 1936 at Evensong by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar/Apr 1936]
DimensionsH 890 mm | W 2120 mm | D 670 mm
CurrentLocNoteOn ground
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7, NTEW7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80.
Caröe designed the altar, cross, candlesticks, standard candlesticks, wooden vases, communion rail kneeler. Faculty file, DN/8/2/2/1300.

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TitleWar memorial book display case on stand
ObjectNamedisplay-case | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionGlass-topped book display case with brassed lock. Highly-polished, simple design with wooden crosses mounted on sides. Understretchers to front & back. Shield attached to front understretcher with painted lettering “3rd RECONNAISSANCE REGT. 8 RNF” also “RECONNAISSANCE CORPS.”
ObjProdPerson3rd Recce. members: Bill Anderson of Newcastle and William Liddle; badge: Joe Riley
ObjProdDatec1999
ObjectHistoryNotePermission had been given to the Northumberland Fusiliers to install a memorial book in the Abbey. Abbey Chronicle, June 1999, p.3 Annual Meetings
“Grandad Joseph made RNF plaque in Abbey, 3rd Recce RNF. My Grandad Joseph Riley served in 2nd World War, also British Expeditionary Force, Dunkirk, D-Day, also. He was born from Belgian refugee & Birtley girl, 1st World War.” [Brett Riley, Hexham Remembers Recollection]
DimensionsH 910 mm | W 500 mm | D 300 mm
CurrentLocNoteOn ground
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF8
1999, 12 Feb. To place in the North transept lady chapel, on the right as one faces the altar, a book of remembrance for 3rd RECCE Regiment, (8 R.N.F.), and cabinet therefor, the book to be leather bound, manuscript. Faculty Regr. no.5. Archdeacon’s Faculty no.5077.

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TitleTall Candle Stand, one of pair
ObjectNamecandle-stand | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionTall floor-standing candle stands on square chamfered base. Castellated design at top, on octagonal pillar with 12 carved flowers. This pillar is mounted on a square, panelled section which sits on the base
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
ObjectHistoryNoteRoll of Honour, altar, candlesticks, cross, and standard candlesticks were dedicated on 2nd February 1936 at Evensong by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar/Apr 1936]
DimensionsH 1630 mm | W 450 mm × 450 mm square base
CurrentLocNoteOn ground
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80.
Caröe designed the altar, cross, candlesticks, standard candlesticks, wooden vases, communion rail kneeler. Faculty file, DN/8/2/2/1300.

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TitleTall Candle Stand, one of pair
ObjectNamecandle-stand | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionTall floor-standing candle stands on square chamfered base. Castellated design at top, on octagonal pillar with 12 carved flowers. This pillar is mounted on a square, panelled section which sits on the base
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
ObjectHistoryNoteRoll of Honour, altar, candlesticks, cross, and standard candlesticks were dedicated on 2nd February 1936 at Evensong by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar/Apr 1936]
DimensionsH 1630 mm | W 450 mm × 450 mm square base
CurrentLocNoteOn ground
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80.
Caröe designed the altar, cross, candlesticks, standard candlesticks, wooden vases, communion rail kneeler. Faculty file, DN/8/2/2/1300.

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TitleCross on war memorial chapel altar
ObjectNamecross | furniture
Materialwood
Colourgold
BriefDescriptionGilded wooden cross on rectangular base with ribbed scrolled edges to four points of cross. Spiral decoration on oblong stem. The central boss has a chrismon (Chi-Rho ☧) on the front and an intertwined IHS on the rear. [IHS = the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem.]
Part of set with candlesticks HEXAB153
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF HEXHAM
1914 1918
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
ObjectHistoryNoteRoll of Honour, altar, candlesticks, cross, and standard candlesticks were dedicated on 2nd February 1936 at Evensong by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar/Apr 1936]
DimensionsH 450 mm | Base W 230 mm | Base D 210 mm
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80.
Caröe designed the altar, cross, candlesticks, standard candlesticks, wooden vases, communion rail kneeler. Faculty file, DN/8/2/2/1300.

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TitleCandlestick, one of pair
ObjectNamecandlestick | furniture
Materialwood
Colourgold
BriefDescriptionGilded, plain base & top with twisted carving on stem. Circular base & top.
Part of set with cross HEXAB152
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
ObjectHistoryNoteRoll of Honour, altar, candlesticks, cross, and standard candlesticks were dedicated on 2nd February 1936 at Evensong by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar/Apr 1936]
DimensionsH 275 mm | W 190 mm
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80.

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TitleCandlestick, one of pair
ObjectNamecandlestick | furniture
Materialwood
Colourgold
BriefDescriptionGilded, plain base & top with twisted carving on stem. Circular base & top.
Part of set with cross HEXAB152
ObjProdPersonDesigned by William Douglas Caröe (1857–1938), architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
ObjProdDatec1936
ObjectHistoryNoteRoll of Honour, altar, candlesticks, cross, and standard candlesticks were dedicated on 2nd February 1936 at Evensong by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. [Hex.Par.Mag. Mar/Apr 1936]
DimensionsH 275 mm | W 190 mm
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1: War Memorial Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF7
1935. On the 18th day of June 1935. To place an altar of oak, cross, candlesticks, flower bowls and standard lights in the North Transept of the said Church … Faculty Regr. no.1, p.45, no.1300. NRO EP.184/80Caröe designed the altar, cross, candlesticks, standard candlesticks, wooden vases, communion rail kneeler. Faculty file, DN/8/2/2/1300.

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TitleKneeler front
ObjectNamekneeler | furniture
Materialoak
Colourbrown
BriefDescriptionCommunion rail. Prayer slope supported on vertical plank, perforated as frieze of stylized petals. Debased Gothic Revival. Inscription incised on bottom rail [no date].
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF L.H.
ObjProdDatec1965
ObjectHistoryNote1965. “We are greatly indebted to Miss Hawthorn for giving to the Abbey, in memory of her sister Miss Lilian Hawthorn, a Communion Rail for the north side of the Lady Altar in the North Transept. It has been beautifully made to match the Rail which is already in use; and makes it possible now for us to use the north side of the Altar, on Thursday mornings, without carrying a separate rail across from the Nave Altar. It is a worthy and most useful memorial gift!” [Abbey Chron. Apr 1965]
1964. “Miss Lilian Hawthorn. […] It was she who, as an Art student, made the enamel centre piece for the cross [HEXAB2085] 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.]
DimensionsH 730 mm | W 2800 mm | D 520 mm
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: Lady Chapel
ReferenceCND: NTAF10

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TitleLady chapel altar
ObjectNamealtar | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescription3 small below 3 larger dark (pine?) wooden panels set in lighter (oak) wooden altar table front. No side; back legs of two planks joined at rt angles projecting top with moulded edge and crosses inscribed at each corner of top surface. Panels all different of geometric floral patterns – much use of compass. Engraved decoration. Lower panels reflect upper ones but grain horizontal rather than vertical. Used from older piece of furniture? Oak frame has chamfered edges
ObjProdPersonDerek Dellow of Corbridge (2005) | Miss Barker (1895)
ObjProdDate2005
ObjectProductionPeriod2005 incorporating carved panels made in 1895
ObjectHistoryNoteOn March 6th 2005 a new altar for the Lady Chapel was dedicated and used for the first time. Made by Derek Dellow of Corbridge, it incorporated panels of the pulpit from the chapel of St Mary, Lowgate. The simple pentagonal pulpit had been given in 1895 by the Rector, the Revd Canon Barker and the Misses Barker. The panels were the work of Miss Barker. [News & Views April 2005]
DimensionsH 990 mm | W 2130 mm | D 690 mm
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: Lady Chapel
ReferenceFaculty: 2004, 11 Nov. 1. To make the middle chapel of the three in the aisle to the east of the north transept that of Our Lady; the southernmost of the chapels then to be the War Memorial Chapel, to dispose of the table currently used as an altar in this southernmost chapel and replace with the current War Memorial altar; to instal a new altar in the newly designated Lady Chapel, made of oak, … including panels from the former pulpit of St Mary’s Lowgate (photograph supplied), the remainder of the pulpit to be disposed of.

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TitleBanner stand: Mothers’ Union Hexham
ObjectNamebanner-stand | furniture
Materialwood | metal
Colourblack
BriefDescriptionWooden shaft on metal base with three curly support brackets. Wooden crosspiece from which banner suspended on five loops. Brass cross terminals to top of vertical shaft and ends of cross piece [“Yard Arm” NL] Cross piece fixed to upright with brass curly double hook. Upright shaft in two parts joined at centre. “Donated 2000 | In memory of Betty Lindsay”. Needlework banner. Stylized Virgin & Child with lilies on yellow field with blue decorations to frame including interlaced hexagons at corners.
DimensionsH 2230 mm | W 960 mm | base diameter 380 mm
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: Lady Chapel

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TitleKneeler front
ObjectNamekneeler-front | furniture
Materialoak
Colourbrown
BriefDescriptionSimple kneeler front: platform with front sleeper supporting two outside and two inner uprights with a top rail – all with simple edge mouldings. On top of kneeler platform an upholstered wooden kneeler plank covered in needlework divided into panels:— (from left facing) two fish, dog & flowers, house, child with toys, tree with rabbit & bird, cow with flowers, sun, moon, stars, & clouds. Inscribed in middle top of support sleeper: [No date]
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF F.A.H.
ObjProdDate1941?
ObjectHistoryNoteOriginally for St Christopher’s chapel; dedicated Whit Sunday 1941. [Hex.Par.Mag. Sep 1941]
DimensionsH 670 mm | Length 2540 mm | D 370 mm | 300 mm without projecting kneeler
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/North End
ReferenceCND: NTAF6

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TitleChapel front kneeler pad
ObjectNamekneeler | textile
Materialcanvas
Colourpolychrome
BriefDescriptionKneeler pad with 7 panels from left. Fish, dog, house, boy with toys, tree & animals, cow, sun & moon. Background bluey/grey, separating & edging in dark yellow. Canvas work. Stands on 4 wooden batons but one baton missing (to the Glory of God & in memory of F. A. H.) – inscription on wooden kneeler
DimensionsH 290 | W 2400 | D 70
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/North End

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TitleCircular communion table
ObjectNamecommunion-table | furniture
Materialoak | veneers on blockboard
Colourbrown
BriefDescriptionPart of new [1992] set for celebration of communion at the crossing; light centre is veneered with kneelers and choir furniture. Top has veneered lighter centre with darker edge. Seems to be made in three parts: circular base set on casters; ‘drum’ support with applied slats (as if a fluted column but not clear?)
Part of crossing set – often stored in N choir aisle. Designer was architect to the Abbey at the time.
ObjProdPersonDesigned by Abbey architect, Alan Moody of Douglas Wise & Partners
ObjProdOrganisationTudor Cabinet Makers Ltd, Liverpool
ObjProdDate1992
ObjectHistoryNote“The Rector [Timothy Withers Green] stated that he had recently visited Beverley Minster as well as other churches and was impressed by a round wooden altar. He was not very happy with the present situation at the crossing and perhaps this idea could be given some thought.” [PCC Min. 28/7/1981 p.89 2.7]
DimensionsH 1120 mm | Diameters top 1500 mm | Drum 600 mm | Other 950 mm
CurrentLocNoteloose | moveable
CurrentLocationChancel/North Aisle
Reference1991, 5 Sep. … 2. Instal new crossing furniture consisting of altar, altar rails, choir stalls and clergy stalls. … Faculty Regr. no.4. Faculty no.4375.
HAR: fn.14 p.51

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TitleThe Passion paintings
ObjectNamescreen | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpart painted
LabelTextThe Passion paintings
The history of these paintings is unknown but they date from the beginning of the 16th century. Although badly damaged, and for a time painted over completely, the paintings were restored in 1963 and in 1990. A tenth panel appears to have gone missing in the 1980s. The paintings depict the sufferings of Jesus before his death, which are known collectively as the Passion of Christ. The infra-red images of each panel help to reveal the details of each picture.
ContentDescriptionScenes: Christ before Pilate etc. 1–5 Christ before various justices? authority figures; 6 Scourging; 7 Crown of Thorns; 8 Mocking (?); 9 Christ carrying cross.
BriefDescriptionFrame with painted scenes of the Passion. Nine (out of twelve?) panels made of planks some now split or missing (with substitute wood) each measuring approx height 880 width 330mm.
Nine panels set into a framework separated by vertical mullions with plain profiles (not original). The upper section of the framework appears old and may be original. The boards of the support run horizontally and are joined with birds-mouth jointing.
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
ObjectHistoryNote2014: moved to climate-controlled display case at S end of Monastic Workshop in the ‘Big Story’ exhibition and displayed with infra-red images [HEXAB9009].
Pre-October 2014 fixed to the north wall of the chancel N aisle, close to St Wilfrid’s Chapel. Some time after 1908, at the W end of the N wall of the chancel N aisle. Until 1971 on gallery at top of Night Stairs.
The panels have been completely overpainted and then cleaned. Received treatment in 1963 (P Plummer) and again in 1990–91 (Susan Wood).
(PCC 1/6/1971) “Paintings: The Rector reported some paintings were to be moved from the top of the Night Stairs to the outer screen of St Etheldreda’s Chapel. facing into the Abbey.”
(PCC 6/7/1971) “Paintings on Wood: The Rector stated that these would not fit in the place suggested, but there was a space in the North Choir Aisle. Visitors could see the paintings when they went to look at the carvings on the Leschman Chantry.”
(PCC 7/9/1971) “Paintings on Wood: These are still to be moved.”
(PCC 5/10/1971) “Paintings on Wood: The Rector had nothing to report as they had not yet been moved.”
(PCC 2/11/1971) “Paintings on Wood: these were now moved and were to be found behind the Abbey Screen.”
Pre-1907: at left-hand (north) end of top row of painted panels on the Smithson screen facing west.
DimensionsH 1085 | W full length 3510 frame size
CurrentLocNotefixed | in climate-controlled display case at S end
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop
Reference1964. To remove 2 panels of the mediæval paintings on wood from their present position in the North Choir Aisle to positions as follows: … 2. Passion to be fixed to the top of the Night Stair, against the south wall of the Transept, so that they shall not break up the vista of the S. Transept as seen from the main part of the church. Faculty Regr. no.3. Faculty no.2356, 2.6.1964. NRO EP.184/80.

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TitlePassion Panel 1
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“So the soldiers… arrested Jesus and bound him.
First they took him to Annas… who questioned him…”
[The Bible, John’s Gospel]
ContentDescriptionTwo panels Castle wall with slits Anne incised – a guard standing either side of Jesus restraining him
2nd to bottom shows a man – but not related to panel above
PhysicalDescriptionMade up of five panels, top & bottom ones are replacements
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W 340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 2
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“Annas sent Jesus bound to Caiaphas, the high priest…”
(The image at the bottom of this panel shows
how Jesus was betrayed by Judas with a kiss.)
ContentDescriptionSame building in background with eight lancets? windows oval shape on top. Large leaded window Christ still held by guards + man with ermine collar. Three bearded, two clean shaven men
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 3
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“Then they took Jesus to Pilate’s headquarters…”
ContentDescriptionSame building with doorway five figures. three male, two female. Pontius Pilate? ermine collar, cuffs & hat. Christ still (hands tied). Pilate holding staff. Lady on right has arm on Christ’s arm
PhysicalDescriptionFour panels, bottom one a plain replacement (with a barely discernible figure?)
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 4
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“Pilate sent Jesus off to see Herod… He questioned
him at some length…”
ContentDescriptionDouble leaded window in background. Canopy (over chair) four figures. Magistrate similar to previous one.
PhysicalDescriptionBottom panel replacement.
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 5
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelTextPilate went out to the Jews and told them, “I find no
case against him… Do you want me to release for you
the King of the Jews?”
ContentDescriptionSame building. Staircase. Magistrate with stave topped with decorative end. Christ hands tied with rope. Huge nosed man in green robe.
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 6
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged…”
ContentDescriptionSame building; two sets of windows either side of an altar? Christ stripped to waist tied to pillar. Man on left holding a cat of nine tails. Right hand man arms raised & wearing a sword
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 7
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“And soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it
on his head and they dressed him in a purple robe…”
ContentDescriptionSame building but further back in picture two observers in balcony one male magistrate, one female half a figure on left hand side. Christ with robe & crown of thorns.
PhysicalDescriptionthree panels – bottom one a replacement.
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 8
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelTextJesus came out… Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
…they shouted “Crucify him!”
ContentDescriptionExterior of building. Six figures – Christ in centre, hands bound. Soldiers either side of him. Magistrate holding shorter staff. Onlookers
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitlePassion Panel 9
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
LabelText“So they took Jesus and, carrying the cross by himself,
he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull…”
ContentDescriptionChrist carrying cross on right shoulder. Building very faint now. A hand appears to be helping Christ to carry the cross.
PhysicalDescriptionTop & bottom panel replacements – blank, all of them thickly varnished.
ObjProdDateearly 16th cent
DimensionsH 890 | W c340
CurrentLocNoteon display
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

ObjectNumberHEXAB176
TitleNorth Choir-stalls
ObjectNamechoir-stall | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionArranged as ‘L’ shape – with 15 stalls on N side of choir facing south and four stalls at west, backing to the organ screen. In front of these three prayer desks with seats in front on north, attached to one to west; & in front of these three prayer desks facing south, the most westerly fixed into west (east-facing) prayer desk.
176.1 – .19 stalls with misericords – descriptions of each follow.
176.20 – .22 prayer desks with seats in front – poppy head ends
176.23 – .26 prayer desks.
Each prayer desk merits individual description. All are placed on a platform. fitted to present position as part of the Edwardian re-ordering of the choir.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectProductionPeriodmediæval
Dimensionsapprox. poppy head H 1,440 mm stall 1,230 | max E–W 11,000 | max N–S 3,115
CurrentLocationChancel/Choir
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleMisericord N6 An evil pard head
ObjectNamemisericord | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionAn evil pard head – usually described as a lion mask or leopard mask, but these are complete heads – with a protruding tongue from an open mouth, a snub nose, elongated eyes extending to the ears. Pards were bloodthirsty progeny of panthers and lionesses that killed with one bound. There is a similar carving on a roof boss in the south transept [HEXAB362.9]. Similar to N7, N10, N11 [HEXAB176.7, .10, .11] & S15 [HEXAB177.15]
Supporters: A pendant rosette. East elbow rest (opposite the aisle): Two acanthus leaves.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectProductionPeriodmediæval
CurrentLocationChancel/Choir

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TitleSouth Choir-stalls
ObjectNamechoir-stall | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionArranged as ‘L’ shape on S side of the choir facing north or east all need individual description.
177.1 – .15 stalls misericords face north; 177.16 – .19 stalls misericords face east;
177.20 – .22 prayer desks seats in front face north; 177.23 prayer desk faces east;
177.24 – .26 prayer desks face north all placed on platform. Fitted to present position as part of the Edwardian re-ordering of the choir & chancel. More detail needed including evidence for earlier positions.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectProductionPeriodmediæval
Dimensionsmax. stall head H 1,230 mm | max E–W | W 11,000 mm | max N–S D 3,115 mm
CurrentLocationChancel/Choir
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleChest used to collect offerings to Abbey
ObjectNamechest | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionDutch dark oak chest, planked with rounded lid. Iron drop handles at each end. Iron hinges (500mm) on inside of lid with double teardrop decoration. Front is only decorated side with “MARIA HASENBARG ANNO 1721”. 3 panels – outer two with fern like decoration. Middle panel, divided into 3 with star at centre and surrounded by scrolls. 6 bosses on front at top of panels. Keyhole on front matches pattern of lid hinges. Apart from glass covering the “contents” for security – everything else is original
InscriptionMARIA HASENBARG ANNO1721
InscriptionDescriptionThe ‘2’ of ‘1721’ is rotated 180°
ObjProdDate1721
ObjectHistoryNoteChest / bedding box, Bavarian, oak, carved & inscribed MARIA HASENBARG 1721, barrel lid, dated 1721, 58 × 28 × 28 ins. Donated by Edward Fox. [Abb Chron Apr 1977, May 1959]
1975: The Fox chest should be put in a prominent position near Slype door, slot cut in, and with suitable display material. Mr Trayhurn pointed out this was a genuine German chest of 1721, and was used for choir cassocks and surplices. Mrs Laws proposed, Mrs Lawrie seconded, and it was agreed that expert advice be taken on the effect of cutting a slot, and possibility of partitioned Perspex inner box, with chest lid to be left open. [PCC Minutes 1/7/1975]
The mock up of the screen and chest in the south transept was discussed and referred back to the Standing Committee. [PCC Minutes 21/10/1975]
1977: It has not proved practicable to put into effect a suggestion that the oak chest dated 1721 donated by Mr Fox be used for receiving visitors offerings. Instead an eighteenth century metal safe has been put into the South Transept. This is to be made secure and a scheme is to be drawn up for mounting it on a coloured plinth. [Abb Chron, Apr 1977, p2, PCC News]
2004: To replace the [blue-painted metal] donations box in the south transept with the wooden chest currently in the south chancel aisle … with use also of a sign in the house style, requesting donations, to be visible on the inside of the lid. [Faculty dated 11 Mar 2004]
Dimensions58 × 28 × 28 in.
CurrentLocNoteon ground
CurrentLocationSouth Transept

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TitleLiterature display table, south transept
ObjectNametable | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionVery ornate 1890s oak table with one drawer. Tudor revival style. Four lions, one on each foot. Two lion heads on bulbous balusters on each side. Drawer has iron drop-handle. Heavy decorated stretcher across base. “Presented to the Abbey by George Fenwick Hedley 1974” marked in pencil on the outside of the back of the drawer. Marquetry work on table top, separated into four quarters
ObjProdDatelate 19th cent
ObjectHistoryNote2007. Large oak table near the pulpit repaired in June by John Scott, Antique Furniture Restoration, of Graves Yard, Hexham, who used to work for Hedley of Back Street. Regluing all loose joints and loose carvings; repairing drawer and drawer runners; repair and refix top to base; treating for woodworm: £700. [Property Cttee. minutes.]
The table was probably Victorian. With carving on the back similar to that on the front it had probably been a central feature in a room; with one large drawer it was unlikely to have been a mapping table. Scott had spoken to Dennis Hall (part owner of Hedley’s) who remembered the table in Hedley’s antique shop in Back Street soon after World War II.
DimensionsH 760 mm | W 1525 mm | D 1020 mm
CurrentLocNoteOn ground
CurrentLocationSouth Transept

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TitleSt Etheldreda’s chapel altar table
ObjectNamealtar | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak. Appears to sit back to front with a strip of oak screwed to front edge. Square section at top of legs, with long circular columns at bottom. Three-plank top with end pieces across. No engraved crosses so may not have started out as a holy table.
ObjProdDatelate 19th cent
DimensionsH 990 | W 2340 | D 910 | foot: 250 × 120 diam.
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: St Etheldreda’s Chapel
ReferenceHAR: fn.13 p.50

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB292 | HEXAB3068
TitleGothic screen with painted panels
ObjectNamescreen | furniture
Materialwood
Coloursome painted panels
BriefDescriptionAn openwork screen of eight uprights fixed to E wall of transept and to E side of S pier of the S transept aisle – all above a section containing ten painted panels [HEXAB3068] framed together and all set on a base sleeper. The framing reaches to the W side of the E transept wall but stops against the lowest vertical side of the pier to avoid the complications of the base and the shaft mouldings above.
The ten panels, apparently depicting Saints and Bishops, need detailed deciphering – which will not be easy after overpainting and repair. In panel 2 from left (W) and panel 10 on extreme right (E) are precious survivals of the top tracery with which each panel was originally adorned. The shadows of similar tracery are apparent on other panels – perhaps repainted to give similar effect. All very ‘put together’ to fit present location.
Uprights very complex with almost free standing finial shafts rising to finials. These now face N, i.e. away from front of panels. The sides of the uprights are elaborated with carved blind tracery. Ogee tracery heads have been attached to the opposite side of the uprights from the finials. [N.B. The uprights may relate to HEXAB292, three uprights now stored in S Choir aisle triforium.]
The billet-moulded crest piece which unites the lower panels has been cut and mitred to form, at right angles, a side margin against the E wall.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteIt seems likely that this screen was inserted in its present position (where it is not a good fit) some time after 1787, the death date on the mural tablet which its east end partly obscures.
Pre-1907: An old postcard [Taylor’s ND3143] shows the tracey and finials at the top of the screen when it was used at the west and east ends of the south partition wall of the vestry at the north end of the north transept.
DimensionsOpen screen H 2040 | lower screen H 1270 | + finials = 3310 | W 3410 | D very irregular up to 220
CurrentLocNotefixed | dividing St Etheldreda’s chapel from Acca’s corner
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: St Etheldreda’s Chapel

ObjectNumberHEXAB187.1.1
TitleOne of pair of front kneelers at St Etheldreda’s chapel
ObjectNamekneeler | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak, kneeler linked to book rest L-shaped ends with flat top. Uprights are three planks decorated with star shapes & three pairs of struts angled from crosspiece used to balance top; struts are shaped – narrow to wider to narrow again
Inscription IN MEMORY OF THOMAS ARTHUR BELL
InscriptionDescriptionInscription at the top, facing the altar
ObjProdPersonMr T Swann of Heddon
ObjProdDate1955
ObjectHistoryNote1955 (2) To erect Altar Rails in the Chapel of St Cuthbert, the following inscription “In memory of Thomas Arthur Bell June 3rd 1954” to be incised on the reverse side of the top rail, the whole of the said works to be carried out in accordance with three designs. [Faculty Regr. no. 2, p.377, no. 1953, 25.8.1955]
Communion rails given by the widow of Thomas Bell. He had been a people’s churchwarden. Designed and carried out by Mr T Swann of Heddon. [Parish Magazine, Aug 1955]
DimensionsH 660 | W 1070 | D 450 max.
CurrentLocNoteon ground S side
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: St Etheldreda’s Chapel
ReferenceCND: STA5

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TitleOne of pair of front kneelers at St Etheldreda’s chapel
ObjectNamekneeler | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak, kneeler linked to book rest L-shaped ends with flat top. Uprights are 3 planks decorated with star shapes & three pairs of struts angled from crosspiece used to balance top; struts are shaped – narrow to wider to narrow again
Inscription JUNE 3RD 1954
InscriptionDescriptionInscription at the top, facing the altar
ObjProdPersonMr T Swann of Heddon
ObjProdDate1955
ObjectHistoryNote1955 (2) To erect Altar Rails in the Chapel of St Cuthbert, the following inscription “In memory of Thomas Arthur Bell June 3rd 1954” to be incised on the reverse side of the top rail, the whole of the said works to be carried out in accordance with three designs. [Faculty Regr. no. 2, p.377, no. 1953, 25.8.1955]
Communion rails given by the widow of Thomas Bell. He had been a people’s churchwarden. Designed and carried out by Mr T Swann of Heddon. [Abbey Chronicle, Aug 1955]
DimensionsH 660 | W 1070 | D 450 max.
CurrentLocNoteon ground N side
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 2: St Etheldreda’s Chapel
ReferenceCND: STA5

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB1051 | HEXAB1418.7
TitleQueen Victoria’s seat
ObjectNameseat | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionMade for Queen Victoria’s visit to Newcastle. Newcastle; arms on back but crest missing. Dark antiqued timber – Almost every square inch is decorated. Unchristian look – with classical & pagan figures. Brass plate nailed on rear of back with inscription:
Inscription
Presented By.
Mrs REEVES & WILFRED HALL
OCT. 1949.
Particulars in Terrier.
ObjProdPersonBentham Hall (1775–1859)
ObjProdDatec1849–1850
ObjectHistoryNoteIt bears the arms of the City of Newcastle because it was made for the opening by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Newcastle Central railway station on 29th August 1850. Hall married Eleanor Ann Cooke – see the brass plaque [HEXAB1418.7] under north transept lancet windows. The headstone [HEXAB1051] of Ann Cooke’s grandfather, John Cooke, cordwainer, is in the slype.
Presented to the Abbey (1949?) by Hall’s nephew Wilfrid Hall. [Pers. mems. George Trayhurn, verger, 1988.]
2007. Oak settle in the aisle of the south transept repaired in June by John Scott, Antique Furniture Restoration, of Graves Yard, Hexham, who used to work for Hedley of Back Street. Making good all loose joints and carvings; treating for woodworm: £400. [Property Cttee minutes.]
DimensionsMax H 1150 | Max W 2240 | Max D 690
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Bay 1
ReferenceEP 184/124 (1949) Papers re presentation of 4 chairs and a settee to Hexham Abbey by Eleanor Reeve and Wilfred Hall.

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TitleOak plank coffer night stair landing
ObjectNamecoffer | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionMade essentially of six planks: lifting top (poor not original hinges) very crude underside. Back and bottom plain timber. Sides cut with lower notch to form ‘feet’.
Front elaborately carved and shaped with lower curve; top frieze of birds (strange looking). Four formalized flowers; frieze around lower curve of more strange birds
ObjProdPersonJosephus Ceulemans [wood carver]
ObjProdDateearly 20th cent?
ObjectHistoryNote“Mr. J. Gibson has kindly presented an old oak chest to the Abbey. It will be placed against the west wall of the Nave for the purpose of holding books for visitors, &c. The chest is of special interest in that it has been carved by a skilful Belgian refugee carver.” [Hexham Parish Mag. Feb. 1916 p.9]
Later (including 1960s) the chest was used as an altar in St Christopher’s Chapel in the NE corner of the N Transept (now screened-off storage area).
DimensionsH 630 | W 1350 | D 390
CurrentLocNoteon ground
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Gallery

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TitleChamber organ
ObjectNameorgan | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionLammermuir pipe organ. Light oak on steel castors. Inscription on top. An Opus 58 3-stop continuo organ.
Keyboard compass C to d" (with transposing facility allowing A = 440 hz and A = 415 hz). Stopped Diapason 8', Nason Flute 4', Fifteenth 2'.
Inscription
Given through the generosity of the Friends of Hexham Abbey Music,
together with The J H Burn Charity Trust, David & Margaret Huntington,
Anita & Justin Jeffries, Dorothy & Douglas Knott MBE,
Ken & Gwenda Lee, Alan Rowell, and in memory of Nigel E Carter,
Richard Adamson, Veronica Milton, and Jimmie Robertson.
ObjProdOrganisationLammermuir Pipe Organs of Oldhamstocks, East Lothian
ObjProdDate2009
ObjectHistoryNote2009. Dedication of the new Chamber Organ at Choral Evensong on Wednesday 15th July.
DimensionsH 1120 mm | W 997 mm | D 537 mm | D including trestle 755 mm
CurrentLocNoteon ground
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle

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TitleOgle chantry, upper timber screens & painted panels
ObjectNamechantry | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionScreens on N, S, & West sides. Close boarded, tongue & grooved to half way mark where there is a moulded string with floral motifs. Same decoration along top of screens. Open work on upper screens. Upright with buttress mouldings. Ogee arch with lancets above. Doorway at S.W. corner – has triple version of same tracery with rounded arches flanking central ogee – with square and pendant knobs hanging down. North & West side – tracery almost complete.
ObjProdDateearly 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteOgle died on the 31st October 1409. An outbreak of plague meant he had to be buried quickly and at Hexham instead of his desired Whalton, where apparently a costly tomb had been planned.
“In the course of the removal of the Ogle shrine … a fifteenth-century altar painting was discovered in situ. The screen-work had been covered with green baize, and this work of early art was enshrouded within.This is a three-panelled altar picture, painted in the same style as the panels of the wonderful rood-screen. The subjects in each compartment are restricted to the vesica form, and have diapered backgrounds. … There are nails in parts of the picture by which the baize coverings have been fixed, and the base of the centre panel is not so perfect as the others; but it is in curious preservation considering the length of time it has been thus concealed. According to contract, it became the property of the joiner, of whom, after it bad remained two years in his attic, I purchased it.—F. R. W.” [F R Wilson, TAASDN, 1863 p.27]
1960: Return of the Ogle Chantry panels via Miss Eleanor Cruddas’s will.
Certain restoration work was carried out in the Abbey during the years 1838–1840 [sic]. A joiner doing part of this work then claimed that, according to his contract, the triptych could be regarded as part of the old material which he could remove. The then Rector [sic] and other custodians allowed him to do this. After it had lain in the joiner’s attic for two years, the triptych was sold to a Mr F R Wilson, an Alnwick architect. Mr Wilson gave a description of it in an address he read before the Architectural and Archæological Society of Durham and Northumberland in July, 1862. He also exhibited the painting at a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries in Newcastle, on 4th March 1863. The fact of its removal from the Abbey was remarked upon and deplored in “The Builder” of October 27, 1860, and in “The Ecclesiologist” and “The Critic”. However, it remained in the possession of Mr Wilson’s widow until 1895, though she offered it for sale in various quarters and could not find a buyer. Ultimately it was bought by a Mr Bond, of Northumberland Street, Newcastle. After he had had it for only a few days, it was sold by him to Mr W D Cruddas, in December 1895. [Abbey Chronicle, June 1960, p.1 – with photo.]
DimensionsH 243cm screens on 3 sides
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle
ReferenceEP 184/136 (1963) Correspondence re the Cruddas Triptych. Also copy of The Abbey Chronicle 1960, with article re return of triptych.
EP 184/154 (1969) Copies of printed note placed in Ogle Chantry.
EP 184/242 (nd) Two copies 1 typescript, 1 parchment of note re the Ogle Chantry.
1907. Faculty: 21 November. … 8. The restoration of Prior Leschman’s and the Ogle Chantries and refixing thereof in their original positions in the ancient choir. NRO Faculty Book No.1, no.316; and NRO EP.184/80.
W Longstaffe, ‘The Ogle Shrine’, Archæologia Æliana, 1863 p.174
TAASDN = Transactions of the Architectural and Archæological Society of Durham and Northumberland vol.I 1862–1868.

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TitleVirgin and Child
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe Virgin and Child on the crescent moon in a rayed mandorla. The Virgin here holds the Christ child, but appears as the woman of the apocalypse, standing on the crescent moon, a conflated iconography that had been around since at least the beginning of the fourteenth century. The crescent moon is also significant as the coat of arms of the Bertram family to whom Ogle was related on his mother’s side.
“In the compartment on the right hand of this [HEXAB199.2] is a full length figure of the Virgin. She is treated as the Queen of Heaven, and stands on a globe surrounded by a vesica-formed boundary of golden rays. She bears on one arm the infant Christ, and in the other a sceptre. An ornamental clasp on her breast, her sceptre, her nimbus and that of the child, are all in bold relief, and bear traces of gold. The robe is crimson, with a geometrical pattern raised upon it, contrasting with a green mantle diapered with fleur-de-lis, falling in folds from the arms on which the child is held. The back ground of this picture is formed of a diaper of stars upon a blue ground.” [F R Wilson, TAASDN, 1863 p.27]
PhysicalDescriptionThree vertical boards, one split top right hand board, about 10cm long, stable. Applied relief decorations, probably tin relief. Very heavily obscured by subsequent overpaints, but at least some are probably original. Under the diapered robe, some red lead is poking through.
ObjProdDatec1410
DimensionsH 111cm | W 54cm
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Ogle Chantry

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TitleThe Risen Christ/Man of Sorrows
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionChrist Man of Sorrows rising from the tomb in a mandorla with raised relief candlesticks. There are glimpses of the mediæval original. There are sacred monograms on the red background and at the top of the painting these appear not to have been overpainted. They appear black but are more than likely silver leaf. The left hand candlestick looks to have been replaced, as it does not fit the space and some original azurite can be seen.
“In the centre panel is the figure of Christ rising from the tomb, an expression of compassionate, sorrowful agony pervading His features, the wounds flowing with blood. The crown of thorns, rendered thorn-colour, is slightly in relief, and is surmounted by a nimbus in much bolder relief, from which the gold has not yet altogether perished. A wavy boundary of conventional clouds surrounds this figure. The diaper consists of hexagonal rosettes, containing the letters I H C [actually ‘ihc’] in each of them, on a deep crimson ground.” [F R Wilson, TAASDN, 1863 p.27]
[ihc is an alternative form of IHS = the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem.]
PhysicalDescriptionThree vertical boards, joins intact (but repaired), one visible split.
ObjProdDatec1410
DimensionsH 110.5cm | W 55cm
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Ogle Chantry

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TitleSt John the Evangelist
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionSt John the Evangelist in a cloud and ray mandorla holding the poisoned chalice (with serpent) in left hand. White ground. Tin relief in halo looks original.
“The third compartment represents S. John, bearing in one hand a chalice and in the other a palm-branch. The ridge of the chalice, the stem and the base, are all decorated with raised ornament. This figure is draped in green, and is surrounded by a cloudy boundary of the same form as the others, and the diapered background is similar in design to that of the Virgin’s panel.” [F R Wilson, TAASDN, 1863 p.27]
PhysicalDescriptionThree vertical boards, left hand board is cracking from top and bottom but the central section is unbroken. Second reasonably intact.
ObjProdDatec1410
DimensionsH 110.5cm | W 54.3cm
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Ogle Chantry

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TitleChancel rail at chancel steps – central
ObjectNamerail | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak. Perforated frieze of linked quatrefoils on west side. Gothic Revival. Very plain kneelers. Rail in three parts. Centre section removes. Inscription on the underside of the central rail.
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF E.M.H. 1965
ObjProdDate1965
ObjectHistoryNote1965: We regret to report the death recently of Miss Edith Hammond. Miss Hammond came to Hexham in 1949 after serving during the war as County Secretary of the Northumberland Red Cross and was a staunch member of the Abbey and a regular communicant at 8-30 a.m. [Abbey Chronicle, June 1965]
1966: All Communicants who make their Communion at the High Altar on the first Sunday in the month, will be grateful to Miss Hawthorn who, in memory of her friend the late Miss Hammond, has given the movable Communion Rail which is now used to join together, at Communion time, the two fixed rails. This is a real help to many people. [Abbey Chronicle, Jan 1966]
DimensionsH 680 mm | W 1510 mm | D 495 mm
CurrentLocNoteloose | at Chancel steps
CurrentLocationChancel
ReferenceCND: C7

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TitlePulpitum Reredos mediæval painted panels and carved canopies
ObjectNamereredos | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted panels
BriefDescriptionReredos – or back screen, in two main parts:—
Upper section ‘Screen of Seven Bishops’:— Gothic framework embracing seven large painted panels of Saints – arranged 3 & 4 with a double vertical division between the groups. The panels are divided by slim Gothic buttress timbers with ramped offsets at about 2/3 height and boss elaborations at intervals. The seven figures [from left: St Alcmund, St Eata, St Wilfrid, St John, St Acca, St Fredbert, St Cuthbert] are set, as if they were 3-dimensional, over projecting moulded shelves (with identifications painted beneath) and beneath elaborate openwork canopies set against upper panels.
Beginning on the left hand we find 1, an eagle or falcon standing on three octagonal annulets, possibly meant to represent the falcon and fetterlock, one of the badges of Edward IV, in which reign [1461–1483] the screens were made; 2, the arms of the see of York impaling the arms of Archbishop George Neville (1464–1476), this coat dates the screens; 3, a plain cross; 4, the Royal arms [England & France Modern]; 5, Percy, quartering Lucy, as worn by Harry Hotspur; 6, Thornton, of Newcastle; 7, a Saltire for the arms of the Priory, or possibly for Neville. Over the archbishop’s arms are the words “fundatores hujus loci” (the founders of this place) referring to the bishops. [Hexham and its Abbey, C C Hodges, 1889, p.74]
Lower Section:— Eight smaller shorter panels, set between simple pilasters with capitals supporting a projecting moulded string course. The four western panels have tracery set over the top [in the manner of the pulpitum and the screen to the N of St Etheldreda’s Chapel]. Only these four panels are painted each with a scene from “The Dance of Death”.
ObjProdDateLate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteRoger Thornton (died 3rd January 1429/30) is honoured by the arms painted at the top of the screen. (In his will of 1429, Roger Thornton of Newcastle left money for rebuilding the nave, although there is considerable doubt as to whether it was ever completed.
Pre-1907: An old postcard [Taylor’s ND3143] shows the Screen of Seven Bishops when it was used as part of the south partition wall of the vestry at the north end of the north transept.
Before the end of the last [i.e. 18th] century, at least one of the side-screens of the choir remained in situ. This is the beautiful combination of wood-carving and painting drawn on Plate 51. Like the frith-stool, it has been often moved. The note on Carter’s drawing [1795] tells us that it was in his time “placed against the wall of the trancept, and removed of late years from the east end of the aisles of the choir.” Since then these paintings have been placed over the rood-screen, but are now made use of to ornament the partition between the modern vestry and the church. Carter’s [1795] plan shews the the screen on the north side of the altar, dividing the choir from the aisle. It is clear that it has been in two parts, three of the pictures being in the one, and four in the other. That with four was no doubt on the north side, leaving a space for a door between its western end and the first column from the east. The other portion was probably placed either east or west of the sedilia on the south side, and would serve to fill up the intercolumniation. [Hodges 1888 p.45]
Between the font and the modern [1870] vestry is a wooden partition made up partly of old carved work. The chief portion of this is one or more of the side screens from the choir (p.58). They were removed into the transept before 1780, probably in 1740, and were in 1798 placed over the organ, and have since been more than once moved. Seven compartments remain. Four in one set and three in another. It is quite possible that there were never more than these seven, as there were twelve bishops of Hexham, and seven of them were canonized, and it is the seven sainted prelates who are depicted on the panels. Beginning at the south end of the row they are in this order: St Alcmund, St Eata, St Wilfrid, St John, St Acca, St Fredbert, St Cuthbert. It will be observed that the two archbishops come together where the two portions of the screen join. They also come together on the rood screen on the left hand side of the opening. This seems to shew that in the choir screen they were meant to come on either side of a doorway as being the most conspicuous position. [Hexham and its Abbey, C C Hodges, 1889, p.74]
‘The five centre ones are a portion of the scenes from the “Dance of Death,” and have frequently been commented upon.’ [Hodges 1888 p.47]
The four “Dance of Death” panels were not in situ when photographed some time after 1908; see lantern-slide HEXAB9019.19
NotesTwo-page article by Dr Sophie Oosterwijk on the Dance-of-Death panels in Abbey News & Views Jan 2006 [HEXAB5019.60]
DimensionsApprox. total H over 4,000 | Total W over 3,000
CurrentLocNotefixed | North side of chancel.
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TitleSt Alchmund
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCrosier in left hand. Extensive use of red lead, figure stands on a semi-perspectival chequerboard floor. Background may have been green, probably a glazy copper green, but the surface has gone brown, characteristic of the oil-medium and pigment degradation typically seen with verdigris. There appears to be gilding on the crozier hand, but it is not employed for other passages imitating gilt surfaces. Cannot tell from inspection distance whether the gilding is original.
PhysicalDescription3½ tooled boards (right-hand board continues into adjacent bishop panel). Note that the top left corbel supporting the canopy is missing, but has been painted in instead.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 60.5cm
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TitleSt Eata
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCrosier in left hand. Red background with foliate patterns divided into diapering. The chequerboard floor on which the bishop stands is the same as the last panel. Greens visible inside his robe. Colouring hard to make out, as much of it now seems murky and grey/brown. The face and background up high are well-preserved. Again the crozier appears to be gilded. All other details are probably done in lead tin yellow (untested) instead of gold. The gilding may be original, but this is difficult to ascertain under present conditions.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo full vertical boards, two half boards which extend into each of the next panels. Tooled rather than sawn boards. Fills along the vertical boards contain wax and are loose.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 59cm
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TitleSt Wilfrid
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionPrimatial cross under right arm. Green background as per other panels-pomegranates have survived well, likewise the gilding. There is real gilding on his trim on his garment and on his cross. He is accorded greater importance due to his archbishop status. This is one of the better preserved panels, but there is retouching as before.
PhysicalDescriptionFour boards vertical and one side shared with neighbour. Some splits, but stable.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 60.5cm
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TitleSt John of Beverley
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionPrimatial cross in left hand. Green background like Alchmund. Lead-tin yellow, vermilion, red lead. Face well-preserved. Non-original gold-paint present, however what seems convincingly to be original gilding on the cross with green glaze over it. Also, some of his hemline gilding is original. He has been accorded more gilding than the bishops. His condition is a little worse than the Eata panel.
PhysicalDescriptionFour boards, with evidence of tooling, with the two side-edge boards extending into adjacent boards.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 59.3cm
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TitleSt Acca
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCrosier and cope edge in left hand The red background has again survived better in this case. The decorative flowers which are original do go behind the vertical uprights. Again there is a chequered floor as with the other panels. Hard to conclude about bosses-too dusty and distant to see. Face survives fairly well. Crozier here is gilt, but nothing else. Finger rings appear to be genuine gold leaf as well.
PhysicalDescriptionFour boards, again shared with adjacent panels. There is a stable split in one board, and wax is present in the joins.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 57.8cm
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TitleSt Frithubeorht
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCrosier under left arm. Green background with much repaint. Similar poor level of survival as the others. His face has considerable overpaint/repaint. Wax down the joins as on the other panels.
PhysicalDescriptionConsists of three boards.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 57cm
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TitleSt Cuthbert
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionCrosier in left hand, gilded, better preserved background than figure. Cuthbert also has gilt signet rings. Has paint barb in connection with board join along left hand side. Overpaint goes beyond paint barb, i.e. applied when it wasn’t in its framework. Painted corbel in top right corner. Extensive loss in face, forehead and hand.
PhysicalDescription4 boards and join to very far left with just the tiniest piece of the adjoining board showing. This left hand joint might be a bird’s mouth joint. Others might be too, but they are covered in wax filler. This waxy fill and restoration goes down the joins. Some splits, most severe is by the left hand edge near the malrand.
ObjProdDatelate 15th – early 16th cent
Dimensionssight W 58.5cm
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TitleCaller for Dance of Death
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe figure is about 53cm including hat
PhysicalDescriptionA single board of oak with a Roman numeral VIII scratched into the back. It appears to be sawn oak, with subsequently tooled bevels. Wide grain, radial section on left but increasingly tangential towards the right hand edge. This panel is bevelled on all sides on the back. Slight bevel on both vertical sides of the front, presumably to accommodate framing structure.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePre-1907: at centre of top row of painted panels on the Smithson screen facing west from 1776 or earlier.
2017: The panel was re-discovered in March, in the triforium of the south transept aisle, behind two pew ends, upright with its face towards the wall, and very dirty on the surface. Its location since the 1960s had been unknown.
“There are 10 panels in a wooden framework which has been repaired in the past. … There are 9 painted panels of the passion (the 10th of an indistinct figure) … j) This panel looks different to the others. The paint is very faint a figure can just be seen.” [Report dated 03/03/1990 by Susan Wood] This panel had been immediately to the right of the nine Dance-of-Death panels when mounted above the Smithson Screen.
“The 10th panel (a vertical plank] contains a single figure in civilian costume of C. 1500, obviously from another source and merely fixed to the end of the others to increase the length. (At one time the two series were fixed on the top of the Rood loft)” [Report dated July 1960 by Pauline Plummer]
1795: “This figure may serve for the introducer or chorus to the following Death’s dance painting in the upper panel of the foregoing screen. [the pulpitum] That I might copy the originals of this and and [sic] the following ones, I had a scaffold rais’d for the purpose of bestowing every attention that such pretious and only remains of the like kind in this kingdom deserv’d.” [John Carter, Brit.Mus.Addl.MSS 29,933 f.104]
DimensionsH 78.2cm | W 30.9cm | D 1.2cm
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Monastic Workshop

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TitleDeath with a Cardinal
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe figure is about 51.5cm
PhysicalDescriptionSingle board, two splits starting from bottom extending 1/3 into panel. No evidence of worm damage. Loose splinter of wood associated with central split.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePre-1907: at centre of top row of painted panels on the Smithson screen facing west from 1776 or earlier.
Dimensionssight W 26cm
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TitleDeath with a King
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe figure is about 49.5cm
PhysicalDescriptionSingle panel oak, no splits, tracery has loose sections to right hand side of the vertical member.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePre-1907: at centre of top row of painted panels on the Smithson screen facing west from 1776 or earlier.
Dimensionssight W 28.8cm
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TitleDeath with an Emperor
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe figure is about 54cm
PhysicalDescriptionSingle panel, no splits evident, tracery as before, this time tracery is complete, it is decorated with the same yellow as the rostrum front and the Etheldreda chapel panels.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePre-1907: at centre of top row of painted panels on the Smithson screen facing west from 1776 or earlier.
Dimensionssight W 26cm
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TitleDeath with a Pope
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe figure is about 51.5cm
PhysicalDescriptionLarge central split with several adjacent splits of less severity starting at the bottom. Top half of central split has an associated split with a splinter of wood as an island between the two.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePre-1907: at centre of top row of painted panels on the Smithson screen facing west from 1776 or earlier.
Dimensionssight W 30.1cm
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TitlePaintwork
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionSubject unknown.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionAn eagle or falcon standing on three octagonal annulets, possibly meant to represent the falcon and fetterlock, one of the badges of Edward IV, in which reign [1461–1483] the screens were made
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe arms of the Archbishop of York impaling the personal arms of George Neville (1464–1476); this coat dates the screens
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionDexter half of a cross of St George.
PhysicalDescriptionSeparated from other half presumably because of alterations to the framing.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionSinister half of a cross of St George.
PhysicalDescriptionSeparated from other half presumably because of alterations to the framing.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe Royal arms of England & France used by Edward IV; three gold lions on a red background quartered with three gold fleurs-de-lis on a blue background.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe arms of Percy, quartering Lucy, as worn by Harry Hotspur.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionThe arms of Roger Thornton, of Newcastle. (In his will of 1429, Roger Thornton of Newcastle left money for rebuilding the nave, although there is considerable doubt as to whether it was ever completed.)
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePainted shield
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionMost of a saltire for St Andrew, the arms of the Priory, or possibly for Neville.
PhysicalDescriptionAlmost half of shield is missing, presumably because of alterations to the framing.
ObjProdDatelate 15th cent
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TitlePulpit & screen with mediæval painted panels
ObjectNamepulpit | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted surfaces
BriefDescriptionMediæval painted surfaces. On stone plinth; each panel has tracery with ogival arch and openings. 14 panels representing Christ, Mary, and 12 Disciples.
ObjectProductionPeriodMediæval
ObjectHistoryNotec1790. It is first shown on Carter’s plan, set against the blocked western arch of the central tower. J E Clark, Arch. Ael., 2010, p.383.
1809. The Litany desk, at present placed on the west side of the transept. Topogr. and Hist. Description of Northumberland. Beauties of England and Wales, Hodgson, 1809, p.163.
1811. Mackenzie appears to have provided the first written record when he informs us that ‘… against the west wall of the transept is the Litany-desk, now used for burials.’ Movements of Fittings, J.E. Clark. Arch. Ael., 2010, p.383.
1870–1905: for some of this period on the floor against the north wall of the north transept.
1909. Captain Cuthbert proposed to give a stone base pedestal for the Lectern. A design by Mr Temple Moore was submitted, and the Chairman said it would be worked in local stone and executed by Messrs Holloway Bros, the contractors for the Nave, under the personal superintendence of Mr Jones, the foreman for the Nave. We understand that Captain Cuthbert has accepted the estimate and approved of design. [Hexham Parish Mag. July 1909, p.40.]
DimensionsW panel L 1940 H 1070 | E panel L 1560 H 1070 | 5 Pulpit panels @ 360 L 1530 H 1090
CurrentLocNotefixed | on N side of Chancel in front of Reredos
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Reference1907. Faculty: 21 November. … 11. Restoration and refixing of the Ancient pulpit in the Choir. NRO Faculty Book No. 1, no.316; and NRO EP.184/80.
1909. Faculty: 21 July. … 3) To place the lectern on a stone pedestal. NRO Faculty Book No. 1, no.356 and NRO EP.184/80.

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TitleSt Matthew
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Matheus (Matthew)’ Halberd in right hand, closed book in left.
PhysicalDescriptionLight iconoclasm on face, sporadic dents and scrapes. Retouching fairly localized.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 30.1cm
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TitleSt Thomas
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Sanctus Thomas’ Brocade pattern tunic. Strange grey layer on cloak – red lake deterioration? Red lead background, blanched grey on top – a red lake pigment? Possibly with rosettes. Mace in left hand, closed book with clasp in right.
PhysicalDescriptionNo incipient flaking noted. Has suffered historical loss to bottom section – possibly damp related. Two splits
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 28.8cm
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TitleSt Jude
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Judus (Jude)’ Right hand resting on two-handed saw; left hand holding closed book.
PhysicalDescriptionLargely not original. Only upper right board section original. Whitish-grey blanched layer present throughout. No sign of iconoclasm.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 29.6cm
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TitleSt Matthias
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Matthias’ Original tracery head with polychromy: Yellow tops, red inside. Indigo cloak? Background like S. Thomas. Right hand holding a purse(?);left hand holding closed book.
PhysicalDescriptionLower half replaced, with repainting that looks like it was done in crayon. Top, original section was two boards. One split present – stable. Minimal iconoclasm on face. Grey-white layer throughout – looks like remnant of coating/wholesale overpaint/whitewash is present throughout (as recorded by Pauline Plummer in her unpublished notes). Retouching is sporadic and localized. Inserted board has carpentry marks: “VIII” and the timber appears similar to the timber used for the loose panel of Dance of Death scheme, which has carpentry mark “VIIII”.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 29cm
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TitleSt James (the Less)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Jacobus (Minor)’ Yellow background w. red rosettes. Right hand holding closed book; left grasping handle of a saw.
PhysicalDescriptionSingle panel. Original tracery head with polychromy: Yellow tops, red inside. No apparent iconoclasm.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 29.5cm
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TitleSt John the Evangelist
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘St John the Evangelist’ Red background with rosettes (more ‘dotty’). Blue or green cloak (unclear) with red rosettes. Left hand holding chalice with serpent above.
PhysicalDescriptionConsiderable remnants of wholesale overpaint on this panel. Two boards. No iconoclasm evident. Tracery non-original. Scattered retouching.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 26.2cm
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TitleSt Peter
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘St Peter’ Keys gilded (confirmed with XRF). Very elaborate halo. Yellow background has sacred red monograms. Two large keys in right hand, closed book with clasp in left.
PhysicalDescriptionTwo replacement boards at the bottom. Replacement board on back in softwood. Considerable remnants of wholesale overpaint on this panel. Only the top part of the tracery is original and retains original paint scheme identical to that on the five panels to the left of the pulpit.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 28.1cm
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TitleThe Risen Christ
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘The Risen Christ’ Background red with yellow or white rosettes. No evidence of iconoclasm. Cross with pennant in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionSingle board, 2–3 splits, stable, though with slight movement. Sporadic flaking along nibbled bottom. Grey-white blanched layer evident in certain areas. Evidence of insect damage – furniture beetle damage.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 27.7cm
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TitleVirgin and Child
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘Virgin and Child’ Yellow background with rosettes. Red halo w. red lake gone grey, or overpaint? Evidence of minor iconoclasm to face of Virgin. Colour of robe appears, slightly unusually, to be red, not blue.
PhysicalDescriptionInserted board replacement, bottom right. Original tracery head with better preserved original polychromy.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 27.7cm
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TitleSt Paul
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘St Paul’ Floral red background with yellow-white rosettes. Cloak possibly green. Sword does not appear to have metal leaf. No evidence of iconoclasm. Closed book in right hand, sword over left shoulder in left hand.
PhysicalDescriptionTracery head not original. Localized, quite visible retouching. Single board.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 27.3cm
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TitleSt Philip
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Philipus’ Well-preserved green grass. Possibly green halo (now grey) Red background with fleur-de-lis decorations. Red lake used on garment. Both hands holding basket of loaves.
PhysicalDescriptionPossibly remnants of wholesale overpaint scheme. Paint in sound condition. Single board, Original tracery. No evidence of iconoclasm. Patchy varnish, but little evidence of retouching.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 29.9cm
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TitleSt Bartholomew
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Bartholomæus’ Red lake tunic. Possibly green cloak. Red sacred monograms on yellow background. Knife in left hand, closed book in right.
PhysicalDescriptionOriginal tracery, single board. Possibly indigo on book. No obvious evidence of iconoclasm.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 30.4cm
CurrentLocationChancel

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TitleSt James (the Greater)
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Jacobus (major)’ Iconoclasm on pilgrim’s cap. Purple-brown cloak. Red background with white fleur-de-lis stencils(?). Pilgrim’s staff in left hand
PhysicalDescriptionSplit panel all the way with gap. Sawn board. No evidence of active flaking. Quite a lot of remaining wholesale overpaint. Original tracery.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 30cm
CurrentLocationChancel

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TitleSt Andrew
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescription‘S Andrew’ Red sacred monograms on yellow background. His cross in right hand and closed book in left.
PhysicalDescriptionSingle board, original tracery. Minor evidence of wholesale overpaint. No iconoclasm.
ObjProdDate15th cent
Dimensionssight W 29.3cm
CurrentLocationChancel

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TitleHigh altar in Sanctuary: two sections
ObjectNamealtar | furniture
Materialoak
BriefDescriptionHEXAB207.1 taller retable supporting cross and candles. HEXAB207.2 communion table.
Each built in three sections with diagonal braces in the long sides of the outer sections: back of altar/front of retable. Altar front slightly rebated panelling. Retable sides have deep set panels. Back solid simple panelling. Altar sides three tall panels.
ObjProdDateearly 20th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePart of re-ordering of the Chancel under Canon Savage and C C Hodges. But made by whom?
DimensionsOverall H 1230 mm | W 3500 mm | D 1210 mm
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
ReferenceHAR: fn.11 p.50

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TitleHigh Altar – Retable supporting cross and candles
ObjectNamealtar | furniture
Materialoak
BriefDescriptionBuilt in three sections with diagonal braces in the long sides of the outer sections: back of altar/front of retable. Retable sides have deep set panels. Back solid simple panelling.
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros. (London) Ltd
ObjProdDate1908
ObjectHistoryNotePart of re-ordering of the Chancel under Canon Savage and C C Hodges. Probably made by Holloway Bros.
DimensionsH 1230 mm | W 3500 mm | D 460 mm
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
Reference1907. Faculty: 21 November. … 5. Provision of a new Altar and Retable in oak. NRO Faculty Book No.1, no.316; and NRO EP.184/80.

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TitleRood screen
ObjectNamescreen | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak extending to full width of chancel between the easternmost piers. Consists of solid lower screen, below a beam supporting the Rood and itself supported at the edges by curved brackets and by a central upright with no elaboration, upright obscured by painting after Andrea del Sarto in gilt frame [HEXAB3076]. Provides a splash of colour. Inscription “To the glory of God… 1907”. Doors in flanking panels lead down to vestry (vestry cupboards fixed to back of screen). Doors elaborately carved. Grandest decoration reserved for cornice – Much perforation and a band of angels holding blank motto scripts. The carving on the cross appears to be vegetation, a cross within a circle at the joint & fleur-de-lis terminals with crocket like extrusions on edges of upright and crossbar.
InscriptionTO.THE.GLORY.OF.GOD.THE.MERCERS.COMPANY.AS.ALTERNATE.PATRONS.OF.THE.
BENEFICE.OF.HEXHAM.PRESENTED.THIS.ALTAR.SCREEN.IN.THE.YEAR.1907.
ObjProdDate1908
ObjectProductionPeriodEdwardian Gothic Revival
ObjectHistoryNote1908. “The new altar-piece or reredos (see illustration), is the gift of the Mercers’ Company, who are alternate patrons of the living. This, with its continuation north and south across the choir aisles, forms the vestry enclosure, and is a very fine piece of oakwork, enriched with appropriate velvet hangings in the panels.” The Building News, Aug. 7, 1908.
“At the Holy Table. Charles William Powell, ex-Master of the Mercers’ Company, shall say: ‘Right Reverend Father in God. On behalf of the Mercers’ Company, the alternate Patron of this Living, I present this Screen, to the Glory of God and in the faith of Jesus Christ, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’ The Bishop of Carlisle then blessed the Screen.” [Booklet: Memento of Hexham Abbey on the Occasion of the Consecration and Dedication Festival, Saturday, August 8th, 1908, p.17]
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
ReferenceFaculty: 21 November. 6. Erection of a new screen behind the Altar with Hangings and two doorways. NRO Faculty Book No.1, no.316; and NRO EP.184/80.
HAR: fn.12 p.50

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TitleSedilia – five seats to south of High Altar
ObjectNamesedilia | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionFragments of C15 set into range of 5 seats – each with canopy & separated by open work sides with colonettes, front ones rising to support angels. Four surviving canopy bosses with roses between faces. Seats vary in width from 620 to 720mm.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectProductionPeriodwith rehashed 1910 work
ObjectHistoryNote‘Beneath the eastern arch on the south side of the choir stood the sedilia. Pour of the stalls now remain, and are preserved in the vestry. They are clearly incomplete, and Mr Hodgson says: “On the south side of the altar are three stalls, and two others have been cut away.” Carter’s plan shews five stalls, and so confirms this statement. The sedilia are shewn on Plate 44 in their present condition.’ [Hodges 1888, p.46]
1908. ‘At the Restored Sedilia. The Reverend P. B. Barker, M.A., shall say: “Most Reverend Father in God. To the glory of God and in affectionate remembrance of Henry Christopher Barker, M.A., formerly Rector of Hexham and Lecturer, and Emily Margaret, his wife, these Sedilia were restored by their children.” …’ [Booklet: Memento of Hexham Abbey on the Occasion of the Consecration and Dedication Festival, Saturday, August 8th, 1908, p.18]
DimensionsApprox. | H 2120 | W 3560 | D 470
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
Reference1907, 21 November. … 9. Restoration of the Ancient Sedilia and repairing the same and refixing of the same in the re-arranged choir. North’ld Record Office. Faculty Regr. no.1; Faculty no.316, 21.11.1907. NRO EP.184/80. [Hex. Parish Mag. Dec.1907, p.91.]

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TitlePrior Leschman’s Chantry, upper screens & painted panels
ObjectNamechantry | furniture
Materialoak
Colourold dark much carved
BriefDescriptionEast side three tall painted panels over one wide one (with Resurrection witnessed by kneeling man in late Mediæval dress saying something but text lost). On left: Instruments of The Passion.
North side 16 uprights – of these, seven very plain and may reflect losses over the centuries. No upper tracers. Retains elaborate outer attached buttresses with upper parts set at 45° to screen. Two only retain upper crocketed finials.
South side, facing presbytery 13 upright at some intervals – the south screen being shorter to allow for the entrance at its west end. Here nine upper areas retain open tracery making up four and a half pairs above ogee arches. Only one upright (next to last on west) is plain. The Chantry is partly roofed over approx. its eastern half. One slight beam connects west ends of south and north screens.
Carved in the wooden beam above the retable is the name ‘The Lady Katherine Fenwick’.
ObjProdDatec1500
ObjectHistoryNoteIn 1858 damaged while being moved from its former position on the N side of the Chancel to the N bay of the S Transept E aisle. Restored to its former position in 1908.
1858. “The Leschman chantry was pulled to pieces and placed in the south transept. It was considerably shortened, some portions were destroyed; it was also turned round and the altar-tomb and effigy placed inside the chapel.” [Hodges, Monograph 1888, p.53.] “Novr 19th. Returned bosses of Prior Richard’s Shrine to Robson the Clerk, which I had borrowed.” [Table-Book, Fairless, p.1.]
1859: “Feb. Part of Prior Richd shrine taken away.” [Table-Book, Fairless, p.1.]
A faculty was applied for a sanctuary lamp, a gift, in the Leschman Chantry on the 28th October 1912.
DimensionsEast panels H 2140, W 1800, D approx.max.150 | South Screen H 1980 L 3250 max. W 140 approx. intervals centre to centre uprights 210 | North screen H 1970 L 3940 | West filler: H 990 L 250 hollow buttress with upper blind
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery
Reference1907. Faculty: 21 November. … 8. The restoration of Prior Leschman’s and the Ogle Chantries and refixing thereof in their original positions in the ancient choir. NRO Faculty Book No.1, no.316; and NRO EP.184/80.
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleSt Peter
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionSt Peter. The red background originally had fleur-de-lis stencils, but they do not survive well. There is obvious use of a red ochre pigment, and gilding is only present in the halo.
PhysicalDescriptionConsists of two boards with vertical boards. Appears structurally stable. The paint barbs along the edges fit the framework, i.e. no alterations to this relationship has been effected since painting. The surface presents remnants of non-original whitewash, and a lot of wax present in join, most likely added in connection with a consolidation campaign.
ObjProdDate15th cent
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery/Leschman Chantry

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TitleSt Andrew
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionSt Andrew with his cross in his right hand and a closed book with clasp in his left. Losses to the paint scheme shows that a white ground is present. This panel has a large amount of missing paint, especially in Andrew’s cross. Sporadic retouching is present, but is now very badly matched to the original.
PhysicalDescriptionEvidence of a clinker construction between the two boards making up this panel. The jointing method appears to be bird’s-mouth.
ObjProdDate15th cent
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery/Leschman Chantry

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TitleSt Paul
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionSt Paul: right hand holding the handle of a sword resting on the ground, and left hand holding a well-filled red bag.
PhysicalDescriptionThe two boards making up this panel appear to have been joined with a bird’s-mouth joint. This panel presents flaking of the whitewash layer, revealing original green and red paint of the underlying paint scheme. Clear evidence of death watch beetle activity is visible, and possibly active, on the back of the St Paul panel.
ObjProdDate15th cent
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery/Leschman Chantry

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TitleRetable: Resurrection with Prior Leschman
ObjectNamepainted-panel | flat art
Materialwood
ContentDescriptionA scene of the Man of Sorrows, standing in the tomb and surrounded by symbols of the Passion (the pillar with cords and scourge, a right hand [of Judas?] pointing to the thirty pieces of silver, although only twenty-five can be seen, a hammer and pincers, the cross with the seamless robe draped over it, three dice, the ladder, the spear, and a sponge on a reed) and worshipped by the kneeling figure of the donor, Prior Leschman (the scroll above his head bearing the words of his prayer is now blank).
The figure of St Mary Magdalene, represented because she was first to arrive at the tomb, is kneeling on the right.
PhysicalDescriptionThe retable consists of three horizontal boards with a thin chalk ground. The support appears stable. Aspects of the paint scheme includes an underdrawing visible through the paint layers, the use of red lake which has now faded, and gold leaf stencils on the red background. The colour scheme consists of a rather limited palette, which does not include blue. The framework is green (but now not very obviously) with two white or yellow floriated stencils employed for the decoration. The surface appears to have remnants of whitewash paint, which has subsequently been mostly removed.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteThere are instances of historic, 17th century graffiti, and obvious, deliberate iconoclasm on Christ, donor and donor inscription.
The retable was cleaned and varnished in situ by P Plummer in the 1960s, and retouching applied to losses without prior filling. It is interesting to note that her archives indicate these paintings to have been flaking and in need of consolidation in the 1960s.
CurrentLocationChancel/Presbytery/Leschman Chantry

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TitleModel of Hexham Abbey
ObjectNamemodel | furniture
Materialwood
Colourstone
LabelTextThe Abbey Model
This scale model of Hexham Abbey was made in 1957 by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, the famous Tyneside shipbuilders, to launch a restoration appeal for the Abbey. It was taken around various agricultural shows and was put on display in Fenwick’s department store in Newcastle.
Bring the Abbey model to life
Insert a coin to light up the stained glass windows of the model, and to listen to the Abbey’s bells and music.
BriefDescriptionModel of Hexham Abbey Church with removable addition of Song School; painted stone coloured for stone and grey for slate roofs.
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
ObjProdDate1957
ObjectHistoryNoteIn 2014 refurbished for exhibition in new Visitor Centre, including coin-operated internal lights & sounds: organ or choir or bells.
In about 1975 it was in the S transept E aisle, behind the “Acca” Cross, under a perspex(?) cover. Originally there were more details, e.g. boundary wall and gates, and the shield was screwed to the base-board.
1975: It was agreed that the place for private prayer would be in the Sunday School corner in the North Transept. The children will move to the recess where the model now stands. Curtains will be hung between the prayer chapel, war memorial chapel and childrens corner. … Possibility of putting model with Restoration Committee display behind Acca Cross to be referred to Standing Committee. [PCC Minutes 21/10/1975 — subsequently approved]
1984: Song-School added above the former St Cuthbert’s Chapel (now the Abbey Shop).
2007: “Hexham Abbey Model. A scale model in wood was made in the 1950s and presented to the Restoration Appeal by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson. The interior was illuminated and incorporated a recording of the Abbey bells. It afforded excellent publicity for the Appeal and raised money when on display at Fenwick’s, Newcastle and when taken to various agricultural shows. It had raised some £5,000 by 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s it stood in the north transept or the nave. It was dismantled in the 1980s because it took up so much floor space. It was lent to [given to her by Canon Nelson?] Tynedale Museums Officer in the Moot Hall for storage but has never been re-assembled.” [CND] By about 2010 the disassembled model was stored in the Abbey at the east end of the south chancel aisle.
Dimensionsapprox. H 720 mm | E–W length 1600 mm | N–S width 1300 mm
CurrentLocNotefixed | on central display table
CurrentLocationVisitor Centre/Mercers’ Gallery

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TitleDetached part of Abbey Model
ObjectNamemodel | furniture
Materialwood
Colourstone
BriefDescriptionModel of the wall which extends to the south from the south-west corner of what in 1957 was St Cuthbert’s Chapel and is now the Abbey Shop. It shows remaining details of the west wall of the calefactory and includes the war-memorial plaque.
ObjProdDate1957
ObjectHistoryNoteDetached from the model while in storage pre-2014, and not restored for lack of space in the new exhibition.
DimensionsL 300 | max W 35 + paving 95 | H 95
CurrentLocationIn storage

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TitleShield Label for Model of Hexham Abbey
ObjectNamelabel | furniture
Materialbakelite
Colourbrown
BriefDescriptionLabel in form of a shield with Leschman monogram shield at top
Inscription
HEXHAM ABBEY
FOUNDED BY SAINT WILFRID 674
BURNT BY THE DANES
&
FIVE TIMES SACKED BY THE SCOTS
YET
STILL IN FULL USE FOR
CHRISTIAN WORSHIP
THIS MODEL WAS BUILT BY
MESSRS. SWAN HUNTER
& WIGHAM RICHARDSON LTD
AS THEIR CONTRIBUTION
TO THE
RESTORATION
APPEAL
InscriptionDescriptionIncised white capital letters in four different sizes
ObjProdDate1957
CurrentLocationIn storage

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TitleLarge bookcase: glazed upper doors over drawers and lower cupboard; elaborately carved
ObjectNamebookcase | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOak. In two sections: the upper part has shelves behind two glazed doors, with flanking enriched solomonic (barley sugar) columns supporting a projecting cornice and central baroque cresting. The lower part is deeper with two drawers over two cupboards all with elaborate deep carving.
ObjProdDatec1880
ObjectProductionPeriodLate 19th century Flemish/ N. French?
ObjectHistoryNote1959: Our thanks are due to Mr Noble for his gift of a very handsome carved oak bookcase for use in the Abbey. [Abbey Chronicle, June 1959.]
1970s?: Stood against east wall of north bay of south transept aisle, apparently housing the Abbey Library. Later moved to north side of south chancel aisle, west of door to vestry.
2007: Oak bookcase repaired in June by John Scott, Antique Furniture Restoration, of Graves Yard, Hexham. Bookcase with large glass doors by the Vestry. Making good damage around hinges; refixing loose moulding; fitting new hinges to bottom doors; repairing top door hinges. [Property Cttee. minutes.]
2013: The bookcase in the vestry was donated to the Abbey by my grandfather Algernon Noble some time in the 1950s. He lived at Sylcote, Windmill Hill. The story goes that he went to a house sale (maybe in the 1930s) somewhere in the area looking for a bookcase for his daughter Sheila’s bedroom. He apparently bought it sight unseen. Probably just looked at the catalogue and left a bid. This huge bookcase arrived and, of course, was not suitable for a child’s bedroom so was put in the family dining room. I was told it originally had two pineapples on the top at either side, but would not fit the height of the room. Whenever my cousins and I came to Hexham from far and wide we’d come and see the bookcase. Please look after it for us. [A Visitor Recollections page from S Transept 20/07/2013 by Judith Chant, Guildford.]
DimensionsH 2690 + cresting 300 | W 2020 mm | D 690 mm
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Flower+Tea-making area

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TitlePair of tall processional candlesticks set into two-step stands
ObjectNamecandlestick | furniture
Materiallight oak
BriefDescriptionOctagonal staffs of English oak set on two-step stands with brass candle holder inserted onto octagonal top. One line of inscription on each.
Inscription M. G. T. W. b. 17 . 11 . 1928 | M. G. T. W. d. 17 . 4 . 2005
ObjProdPersonThe Revd Graham B Usher (Rector of Hexham) [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationCartwheel Furniture, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, N. Yorkshire [makers]
ObjProdDate2006
ObjectHistoryNoteGiven by Patricia Wilkinson and her family in memory of her husband Michael.
Dedicated by the Rector at the 8.30 am service on Sunday 15th October 2006.
DimensionsH 110 | W 280 base
CurrentLocationVestry

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TitleBenefactors’ board (extension) on N. wall of Slype
ObjectNameboard | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted surface
BriefDescriptionAdded pointed upper panel, simpler frame; first gift from Mrs Mable Ord; first dated gift from John Turner by deed dated 1780.
Inscription
A
LIST of
BENEFACTIONS
which have been
left to the Poor of the
Parish of HEXHAM, and
Which are now paid.
For particulars vid.
RITSCHELL’s Book of Charities.
MRS. MABLE ORD, WIDOW, did give
£100 to the Poor of HEXHAM.
By a Deed dated 30th. March 1780 & inrol-
-led in Chancery, JOHN TURNER charged a
Close in Hencoats Fields adjoining PEG
SPARK’s Barn, with 20s. Pr. Ann, payable
21st. Decr. for the Use of the Poor, this being
A CONFIRMATION of a former CHARGE.
ObjProdDatec1780
ObjectHistoryNoteThese charities are listed in the County History: 1634 Mabel Ord. 1764 Robert Andrews. 1709 Mary Allgood. 1712 Dorothy Allgood. 1717 George Ritschell [p.171]. 1680 Ursula Mountney. 1715 Joseph Bell. [History of Northumberland, Vol III i, 1896, p.176]
Possibly on north wall of vestry annex for a time between 1870 and 1907.
1920: Abbey Encounters. Mr. Wastle from Whickham in Tyne and Wear came in to enquire if what he had worked on in 1920 was still in place. His vivid description of lettering, gold on a black background, in old-fashioned script […] the Charity Boards in the Slype […] they list in meticulous detail past benefactions ‘to the poor of the parish of Hexham’. […] Dear “All” of the Hexham Abbey, I want to thank you for sending a letter, to let me know about the writing on gold on the board that I was working on so many years ago. As I think I told you I am 82 years old, and I worked on churches all over, doing Altars in colours, with both gold and silver leaf, and some took a long time to do but gave pleasure to people, like the day I spent at Hexham Abbey, that Friday a week or two ago. [Abbey Chronicle, Nov. 1993, p.4]
1975: “Benefaction notices: Two on column in N Choir Aisle” [EP 184/275 Inventory 1965–75]
1989: The P.C.C. approved a recommendation from the Museum Committee that the Charity Boards be placed in the Slype and thanked the members for their work. [Abbey Chronicle, May, 1989, p.2. – PCC News]
Matters raised were repair of charity boards and their fixing. [Property Cttee Minutes, 31.7.1989]
1990: Architect agreed to the charity boards being placed in the west end of the slype. [Letter 9.5.1990]
NotesNB: see more details of charitable donations by clicking the URL link.
DimensionsH 1440 | W 1450
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype
ReferenceCND: S1
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleBenefactors’ board on N. wall of Slype
ObjectNameboard | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted surface
BriefDescriptionRectangular board with moulded bolection frame, painted dark/black with gilt lettering and frame fillet, resting on wall batten also painted black. Earliest Donor Robert Andrews; earliest dated gift from Mrs Mary Allgood and Mrs Doroty Allgood (1709 & 1712).
Inscription
ROBERT ANDREWS ESQR. of HEXHAM,
gave by will, Fifty Shillings a year, to
the poor of the Parish of HEXHAM, which
is paid out of a Close in the Town-fields situ-
-ate near the MAIDEN CROSS.
An allotment of Common, near Summer-
-rods, adjoining the Turnpike-road, consist-
-ing nearly of TWO ACRES.
MRS. MARY ALLGOOD & MRS. DOROTY. ALLGOOD,
Daughters of THOS. ALLGOOD of HEXHAM Gent,
did in 1709 & 1712 give to the Poor of the Town,
of HEXHAM each £40, the Interest thereof to
be Yearly distributed AMONG THEM.
THE REVD. GEO. RITSCHELL, Lecturer of
HEXHAM, left by Will Forty Shillings a Year to
the MERCER’s Lecturer of HEXHAM, to be distribu
-ted by him to Forty poor Widows within the
said TOWNSHIP.
MRS URSULA MOUNTNEY, of STONECROFT,
by Will bequeathed to the Poor of the Parish
of HEXHAM £3, to be distributed every YEAR
at CHRISTMASS.
JOSEPH BELL of HEXHAM, TANNER by Will
bequeathed £100 to the Poor of the said TOWN
the Interest of it to be distributed on the 19
of MARCH YEARLY.
ObjProdDateearly 18th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteThese charities are listed in the County History: 1634 Mabel Ord. 1764 Robert Andrews. 1709 Mary Allgood. 1712 Dorothy Allgood. 1717 George Ritschell [ p.171 ]. 1680 Ursula Mountney. 1715 Joseph Bell. [History of Northumberland, Vol III i, 1896, p.176]
Possibly on north wall of vestry annex for a time between 1870 and 1907.
1920: Abbey Encounters. Mr. Wastle from Whickham in Tyne and Wear came in to enquire if what he had worked on in 1920 was still in place. His vivid description of lettering, gold on a black background, in old-fashioned script […] the Charity Boards in the Slype […] they list in meticulous detail past benefactions ‘to the poor of the parish of Hexham’. […] Dear “All” of the Hexham Abbey, I want to thank you for sending a letter, to let me know about the writing on gold on the board that I was working on so many years ago. As I think I told you I am 82 years old, and I worked on churches all over, doing Altars in colours, with both gold and silver leaf, and some took a long time to do but gave pleasure to people, like the day I spent at Hexham Abbey, that Friday a week or two ago. [Abbey Chronicle, Nov. 1993, p.4]
1975: “Benefaction notices: Two on column in N Choir Aisle” [EP 184/275 Inventory 1965–75]
1989: The P.C.C. approved a recommendation from the Museum Committee that the Charity Boards be placed in the Slype and thanked the members for their work. [Abbey Chronicle, May, 1989, p.2. – PCC News]
Matters raised were repair of charity boards and their fixing. [Property Cttee Minutes, 31.7.1989]
1990: Architect agreed to the charity boards being placed in the west end of the slype. [Letter 9.5.1990]
NotesNB: see more details of charitable donations by clicking the URL link.
DimensionsH 2100 | W 1450
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype
ReferenceCND: S1
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleBenefactors’ board (extension) on S. wall of Slype
ObjectNameboard | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted
BriefDescriptionPointed additional upper panel flat frame with bead edges (as HEXAB248.1); only gift from Mrs. Jane Lawson.
NB An important record of how poor relieved before statutory social services established.
Inscription
A
LIST of
BENEFACTIONS
which have been left
to the Poor of the Parish
of HEXHAM, and which are
now paid. For particulars vid.
RITSCHELL’s Book of Charities.
MRS. JANE LAWSON, Spinster, daughter
of EDWARD LAWSON of HEXHAM Gent.
did give Forty Shillings a Year to be
distributed on GOOD FRIDAY to Forty poor
WIDOWS within the said TOWN.
ObjProdDatelate 18th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteThese charities are listed in the County History: 1637 Jane Lawson. 1702 Ann Radcliffe [p.219 ]. 1675 James Crasswell. 1686 Thomas Gibson. 1773 David Johnson, Thomas Howdon, John Forbes. [History of Northumberland, Vol III i, 1896, p.176]
On south wall of vestry annex for a time between 1870 and 1907, with lettering visible in Gibson photo.
“1637. Mrs. Jane Lawson, spinster, daughter of Edward Lawson, of Topcliffe, in Yorkshire, Gent., (but then of Hexham) desired her father upon her death-bed to give 40s. a year for ever unto forty poor widows in Hexham, which hath been ever since distributed yearly on Good Friday.” [Wright, 1823 p.232]
1920: Abbey Encounters. Mr. Wastle from Whickham in Tyne and Wear came in to enquire if what he had worked on in 1920 was still in place. His vivid description of lettering, gold on a black background, in old-fashioned script […] the Charity Boards in the Slype […] they list in meticulous detail past benefactions ‘to the poor of the parish of Hexham’. […] Dear “All” of the Hexham Abbey, I want to thank you for sending a letter, to let me know about the writing on gold on the board that I was working on so many years ago. As I think I told you I am 82 years old, and I worked on churches all over, doing Altars in colours, with both gold and silver leaf, and some took a long time to do but gave pleasure to people, like the day I spent at Hexham Abbey, that Friday a week or two ago. [Abbey Chronicle, Nov. 1993, p.4]
1975: “Benefaction notices: Two on column in N Choir Aisle” [EP 184/275 Inventory 1965–75]
1989: The P.C.C. approved a recommendation from the Museum Committee that the Charity Boards be placed in the Slype and thanked the members for their work. [Abbey Chronicle, May, 1989, p.2. – PCC News]
Matters raised were repair of charity boards and their fixing. [Property Cttee Minutes, 31.7.1989]
1990: Architect agreed to the charity boards being placed in the west end of the slype. [Letter 9.5.1990]
NotesNB: see more details of charitable donations by clicking the URL link.
DimensionsH 1200 | W 1460
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype
ReferenceCND: S2
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleBenefactors’ board on S. wall of Slype
ObjectNameboard | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted
BriefDescriptionRectangular board with bolection-moulded frame and pointed additional section on top. Painted black with gilt lettering and fillet. Earliest gift from Mrs Ann Radcliffe of Dilston (including to poor Roman Catholics), No dates. NB: An important record of how poor survived before statutory social services established.
Inscription
MRS. ANN RADCLIFFE, of DILSTONE,
Spinster left by will, payable out of the
Nafferton-estate £24, annually to the
Township of HEXHAM viz, £10 to put out
poor children Apprentices, £10 to the poor
of the township, & £4 to poor ROMAN
CATHOLICS.
JAMES CRESSWELL, of HEXHAM, TANNER left
by will an acre of land in Hexham-haugh
commonly called Reah’s Acre the annual
rent of which is distributed to the poor of the
town of HEXHAM.
THOMAS GIBSON, of HEXHAM, CORDWAINER, by
his last will, gave £20 to the poor out of a close
in HEXHAM FIELDS.
MR DAVID JOHNSON, of HEXHAM, MERCER, left
by will a small field situate near the Maiden-
-Cross to the poor of HEXHAM.
THOMAS HOWDON, of HEXHAM, TANNER, left
by will, Twenty Shillings, payable yearly
out of the rent of a House & grounds, situate
in the Fore-street in HEXHAM, to Twenty
poor WIDOWS.
JOHN FORBES, of HEXHAM, MERCHANT, gave
a small field called the Round Close to the
Poor of HEXHAM.
ObjProdDateearly 18th cent
ObjectHistoryNoteThese charities are listed in the County History: 1637 Jane Lawson. 1702 Ann Radcliffe [p.219 ]. 1675 James Crasswell. 1686 Thomas Gibson. 1773 David Johnson, Thomas Howdon, John Forbes. [History of Northumberland, Vol III i, 1896, p.176]
On south wall of vestry annex for a time between 1870 and 1907, but lettering obscured in Gibson photo.
1920: Abbey Encounters. Mr. Wastle from Whickham in Tyne and Wear came in to enquire if what he had worked on in 1920 was still in place. His vivid description of lettering, gold on a black background, in old-fashioned script […] the Charity Boards in the Slype […] they list in meticulous detail past benefactions ‘to the poor of the parish of Hexham’. […] Dear “All” of the Hexham Abbey, I want to thank you for sending a letter, to let me know about the writing on gold on the board that I was working on so many years ago. As I think I told you I am 82 years old, and I worked on churches all over, doing Altars in colours, with both gold and silver leaf, and some took a long time to do but gave pleasure to people, like the day I spent at Hexham Abbey, that Friday a week or two ago. [Abbey Chronicle, Nov. 1993, p.4]
1975: “Benefaction notices: Two on column in N Choir Aisle” [EP 184/275 Inventory 1965–75]
1989: The P.C.C. approved a recommendation from the Museum Committee that the Charity Boards be placed in the Slype and thanked the members for their work. [Abbey Chronicle, May, 1989, p.2. – PCC News]
Matters raised were repair of charity boards and their fixing. [Property Cttee Minutes, 31.7.1989]
1990: Architect agreed to the charity boards being placed in the west end of the slype. [Letter 9.5.1990]
NotesNB: see more details of charitable donations by clicking the URL link.
DimensionsH 2100 | W 1460
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype
ReferenceCND: S2
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleSlype glazed east doors
ObjectNamedoor | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionLight oak double doors each with four glass panels (2 below and 2 above the push bar) Set in a glazed screen, within the mediæval arch, with a timber horizontal bar above the stone capitals and small skirts to column bases, securing side glass panels – with glazed arms of Viscount Allendale on the north, and of the Worshipful Company of Mercers on the south. Push bar panels have raised cross pieces in form of saltire for St Andrew (a feature shared by the door to the S Transept).
Allendale arms: Crest: A bull’s head, erased, quarterly; on a viscount’s helm; Motto: “FIDE·SED·CUI·VIDE” – Have confidence, but be cautious in whom you place it.
Mercers’ arms [here monochrome]: Gules issuant from a bank of clouds a figure proper of the Virgin couped at the shoulders proper vested in a crimson robe adorned with gold the neck encircled by a jewelled necklace crined or and wreathed about the temples with a chaplet of roses alternately argent and of the first and crowned with a celestial crown, the whole on a bordure of clouds also proper; set on an esquire’s helm (for a corporate body); Motto: “HONOR DEO” – Think and thank God.
ObjProdDatec1987
ObjectHistoryNoteMarch 2011: 2 automatic door installations [Dorma UK].
April 2011: Alterations to slype doors; new pull-handles & push-plates [J Dickinson]. Automatic door system [Swanson].
DimensionsH 2100 mm | W 760 mm | D 90 mm with projecting framing
CurrentLocNoteFixed | Giving access from outer Slype Porch (43)
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype
Reference1987, 2 Dec. … 3. Dismantling of inner porch to South Transept and replacement of existing swing door with new Oak and Glass doors. Matching door to be placed in the slype. … Faculty Regr. no.4. Faculty no.4130.
1996, 19 Mar. 1. To locate engraved blue glass panels on the slype entrance screen. … the “right-hand panel” depicting the woman facing straight ahead, the left-hand panel as bearing the arms of Viscount Allendale, the right – of the worshipful Company of Mercers … Faculty Regr. no.4. Faculty no.4781.
Faculty: 2011, 20 January. To install automatic door operators at the points [in the slype] shown, in accordance with the letters of Mr C.N. Dallison of 16th February 2010 and 3rd November 2010 (with attachments) and with the quotation of DORMA UK LIMITED of 12th October 2010, site plan and photographs supplied. Completion due by 19 Apr 2011. Completion Cert. signed 24 March 2011.

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TitleBamber memorial seat
ObjectNameseat | furniture
Materialwood
Colourred
BriefDescription5-slat seat with ‘ladderback’; ends have two legs, a stretcher, shaped armrest supported over front leg and jointed into back leg which rises to a simple Knop finial with double joint support to back. No longitudinal stretcher. Red S. American? In the centre of the backrest a small brass plate with the inscription:
Inscription
In loving memory of
DOUGLAS BAMBER
1921 – 1991

In loving memory of
Doug Bamber 1921–1991 & Betty Bamber 1922–2009
from their sons Greg & Tim
ObjProdDatec1991
ObjectHistoryNoteThe 1991 plaque was replaced on 10th February 2011 by one with the present inscription
DimensionsMax. H 910 mm | W 1830 mm | D 630 mm
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype/Outer Porch
ReferenceCND: S13

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TitleWallace memorial seat
ObjectNameseat | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescription5-slat seat with ‘ladderback’; ends have 2 legs, a stretcher, shaped armrest supported on front leg and jointed into back leg which rises to a simple Knop finial with two joints supporting the back.
Similar to Bamber seat HEXAB255 but not as red.
Inscription
GIVEN IN MEMORY
OF
LESLIE WALLACE
BY
CONNIE WALLACE
InscriptionDescriptionMetal plaque on backrest.
ObjProdDatec2001
DimensionsMax. H 910 mm | W 1830 mm | D 630 mm
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Slype/Outer Porch
ReferenceCND: S14
2001, 20 Mar. To place a hardwood bench seat, identical to and facing the one already in place, in the slype, on the South side. Archdeacon’s Faculty.

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TitlePhelps organ case
ObjectNameorgan | furniture
Materiallight oak
BriefDescriptionMade by Laurence Phelps 34 stops, 48 ranks of pipes, 2 manuals & pedal board, 2,304 pipes. ‘installed with great care and skill…proven to be one of the Abbey’s most recent treasures…It superbly fulfils its basic function… ongoing worship of the Abbey, and its sensitivity makes it a valuable teaching instrument and a versatile and exciting recital instrument’ Ron Lane, Chairman Organ Cmte. The organ case is in three sections. The central part is slightly wider than its predecessor, and the wing sections reach almost/actually to touch the capitals of the crossing piers. On the west the face of the organ is kept in line with the most projecting moulding of the archway. On the east it projects well beyond the archway and even beyond the outer mouldings of the triforium arches. A central double balcony projects even further, though this is disguised by the projection of the centre of the Smithson Screen. The instrument is much admired for its wonderful sound but less so for its visual qualities.
ObjProdDate1974
ObjectProductionPeriodCelebrating 1300th anniversary of foundation.
ObjectHistoryNoteThe organ was used for the first time on Sunday 8th September 1974 (6.30 p.m. Evensong). It was dedicated on Advent Sunday 1974. [from Canon R Lemmon’s “Our Glorious Year” – HEXAB9031*]
The 24-year-old organ is to be stripped, cleaned, re-assembled and revamped. [Hex. Cour. 29.5.1998.]
It was a pleasure to see Fernand Létourneau, the organ builder, in the Abbey. After much work, involving some parts being transported to Canada, the organ is back enhanced and refurbished and in magnificent voice. Whilst work was in progress it was fascinating to see inside the upper turrets and chambers and to hear many strange sounds and to watch the dedicated work of Fernand Létourneau’s team. Our thanks to them all! [Abbey Chronicle, Oct.1998, p.3 – People]
CurrentLocNoteFixed | between Crossing and Choir
CurrentLocationTower Crossing
Reference1972. Installation of new organ. Faculty Regr. no.3. Faculty no.3568, 6.4.1972. NRO EP.184/80.
1991. Instal oak screen in front of console. Faculty granted 5th Sep.
1999. To remove the 1991 heavy oak screen in front of console and revert to the original curtain screen. Faculty Regr. no.5, Faculty no.5042, granted 10th Dec. 1999.
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk
See also: www.lawrencephelps.com

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TitleSeat & reading desk [Potter/Laidler memorial]
ObjectNameseat/desk | furniture
Materialoak
BriefDescriptionReading desk in memory of the organist Ronald Potter and his young chorister Henry Laidler, designed by Temple Moore for the east end of the nave.
Front has two panels with traceried tops between buttress pilasters. Inscription on a brass plate on the book rest.
Inscription
DEDICATED
TO THE MEMORY OF
R.R.POTTER
ORGANIST
AND
H.LAIDLER
CHORISTER
SEPT.14/1911
ObjProdPersonTemple Lushington Moore [designer]
ObjProdDateSep 1911
ObjectHistoryNote“Drawings by Mr Temple Moore of proposed new pulpit and reading desk were submitted. It was decided to ask for estimates including painted panels.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 13/04/1911]
“The following resolution proposed by Mr Walker and seconded by Mr Fairlam was carried unanimously, viz:— That a new pulpit be provided at a cost of £96, a new reading desk for £18, also four painted panels for two bays in the triforia of the choir at a cost of £103; a total of £217, to be paid out of the Abbey fund.” [Churchwardens’ Minutes 16/05/1911]
“It is with deepest feelings of sorrow that we place on record our loss in the death of Ronald R. Potter, M.A., A.R.C.O., our beloved and talented organist. […] Without one word of sinister warning and without one word of good-bye, Henry Laidler is taken from us […] Only a young lad, and yet he was one of Mr. Potter’s boys, and he had his ministry to serve in the church.” [Hex. Parish Mag. Jun, 1911, p.32,33]
The proposal to associate the new Reading Desk with the memory of our late organist, R. R. Potter, and our chorister, H. Laidler, appears to meet general approval. […] [Hex. Parish Mag. Jul, p.40]
Towards the Reading Desk […] the sum of £1 10s 6d has been announced. Further donations are:— […] £10 18 1. This sum is about half the required amount for the simple and beautiful piece of furniture designed by Mr. Temple Moore. [Hex. Parish Mag. Aug, p.44]
The reading desk, […] is of plain oak, and has been placed against the fragment of the ancient 12th century stone rood screen at the entrance from the nave into the transepts close to where the old pulpit stood. [Hex. Parish Mag. Oct, p.58]
The desk has since been moved several times and once stood where chamber organ now stands in the South Choir Aisle, and later in the Song School.
‘Sacred to the memory of Ronald Richardson POTTER, organist of Hexham Abbey, d. 4 May 1911 aged 32 yrs. “He has moved a little nearer to the master of all music”.’ [Inscription at cemetery 21/10]
“In loving memory of Harry, son of Thomas and the late Jane Elizabeth LAIDLER, who d. 25 May 1911 aged 17 yrs. …” [Inscription at cemetery 16/6]
“Harry, son of Thomas and the late Jane Elizabeth LAIDLER, who d. 25 May 1911 aged 17 yrs.” [Inscription at cemetery 17/4]
DimensionsH 1140 mm | W 610 mm | D 1120 mm
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Gallery
ReferenceCND: CSAF6

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TitleProcessional cross
ObjectNamecross | furniture
Materialbrass | wood
BriefDescriptionIn metal stand, black with ‘three twiddly bits’ wooden staff – circular section. Cross on top of brass foil. Mid section divider foil (for collapsing/transport?)
Inscription engraved on urn finial.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF
OSWALD JOHN
STEWART
1908 – 1990
CHORISTER
ObjProdDate1990
DimensionsH 2200 mm
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Song School
ReferenceCND: SS1

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TitleBlack grand pianoforte by Pramberger
ObjectNamepiano | furniture
Materialwood
Colourblack
BriefDescriptionBlack lacquer Piano. PRAMBERGER JP-185 Metal frame
[John Ross, pianos, Corbridge]
Inscription on brass plate at right-hand end.
Inscription
This piano was donated to Hexham Abbey in January 2007
in loving memory of Mary Ethelwynne Marrack
by John and Demelza Ross (Son in law and daughter)
ObjProdDate2007
Dimensionsclosed | H 1040 mm | W 1520 mm | D 1800 mm
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Song School

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TitleSix painted screens designed to hide former organ blower
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
LabelTextThe Paintings above in the triforium were designed by Temple
Moore in 1911 to hide the blower to the organ
BriefDescriptionEach depicts a crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret.
Oak vertical planks secured with 4 horizontal planks & fastened with big steel screws.
At the head of each panel there is decorative blind tracery below a cresting of open carved work.
The panels are linked to each other & to the sides of the Triforium arches by lower panels with blind tracery at two levels.
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
ObjectHistoryNote“The Triforia panels are designed and painted with a view to represent an Angel choir. Two are in the South transept and depict angels with musical instruments standing upon embattled turrets. The angels in the Choir panels hold shields which are extant in Hexham Abbey history, viz.:—the Arms of England and France, of Archbishop Neville, of the Province of York, and of the Priory of Hexham. The design of the battlements is suggested by one of the corbels of the North transept, where an angel is embattlemented. The design of these additions to the Abbey reflect the greatest credit on Mr Temple Moore, our architect, and on the artists, Messrs. Chas. Head & Son, who have Personally executed these decorations. The carved work is executed by Messrs. Holloway Bros. (London) Ltd., and has that unusual adze finish which was prevalent in the Church work of the I 5th century, and which Mr. Temple Moore has followed with such conspicuous success and excellent effect at Hexham.” [Par.Mag. Oct 1911 p57]
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Triforium

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TitlePainted screen of former organ case – arms of Priory of Hexham
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
ContentDescriptionA crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret with arms of Priory of Hexham
BriefDescription3 cross batons, hinged sides. Painted. Oak, handles for opening
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
DimensionsH 1960 | W 1470 | D 650
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Triforium

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TitlePainted screen of former organ case – arms of Province of York
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
ContentDescriptionA crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret with arms of Province of York
BriefDescription3 cross batons, hinged sides. Painted. Oak, handles for opening
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
DimensionsH 1960 | W 1470 | D 650
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Triforium

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TitlePainted screen of former organ case – Viol
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
ContentDescriptionA crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret with viol & motto ‘☩Alleluia☩’
BriefDescription3 cross batons, hinged sides. Painted. Oak, handles for opening
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
DimensionsH 1850 mm | W 2371 mm | D 70 mm max
CurrentLocNotefixed | North end
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Triforium

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TitlePainted screen of former organ case – Portative Organ
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
ContentDescriptionA crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret with portative organ & motto ‘☩Alleluia☩’
BriefDescription3 cross batons, hinged sides. Painted. Oak, handles for opening
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
DimensionsH 1850 mm | W 2371 mm | D 70 mm max
CurrentLocNotefixed | 2nd from North
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Triforium

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TitlePainted screen of former organ case – arms of Archbishop Neville
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
ContentDescriptionA crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret with arms of Archbishop Neville.
Arms: The ancient arms of the See of York impaling quarterly the family arms of the archbishop, Azure a pall argent edged or, on which are five crosses patté sable, behind it an archiepiscopal cross with gold staff [for the See], impaling I and IV quarterly: 1st and 4th argent three fusils [lozenges] in fess gules [for Montacute or Montagu] 2nd and 3rd or, an eagle displayed vert [for Monthermer] (the archbishop’s mother was a Countess of Salisbury); II and III: Gules, a saltire argent and a label of three points compony [chequered] argent and azure [for Neville, earl of Salisbury]. The colours of the label are derived from the like colours of the border on the Beaufort shield.
BriefDescription3 cross batons, hinged sides. Painted. Oak, handles for opening
Masks the housing of the echo organ.
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
ObjectHistoryNoteGeorge Neville, Bishop of Exeter 1458, Archbishop of York 1464, died in 1476.
DimensionsH 1850 mm | W 2371 mm | D 70 mm max
CurrentLocNotefixed | 3rd from North
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Triforium

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TitlePainted screen of former organ case – Royal Arms of England & France
ObjectNamescreen | flat art
Materialwood
Colourpolychrome
ContentDescriptionA crowned angel standing on a battlemented turret with Royal arms of England & France
BriefDescription3 cross batons, hinged sides. Painted. Oak, handles for opening
Masks the housing of the echo organ.
ObjProdPersonTemple Moore [designer]
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd [carving] | Messrs Chas Head & Son [painting]
ObjProdDate1911
DimensionsH 1850 mm | W 2371 mm | D 70 mm max
CurrentLocNotefixed | South end (4th from North)
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/East Aisle/Triforium

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TitleTwo loose pew ends with ‘Poppy Heads’
ObjectNamepew-end | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionPoppy heads on top of ogee curves. Each has a cross baton but in different place. Dead woodworm. Evidence of early fittings probably for prayer-desks around font.
ObjProdDate15th cent
ObjectHistoryNotePreviously (at least 1905-c1916?) supporting prayer-desks around font in S bay of S transept, now St Etheldreda’s chapel.
DimensionsH 1170 | W 440 | D 750ish
CurrentLocationChancel/South Aisle/Triforium

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TitleRinging floor chamber, Dado timber & rail
ObjectNamedado | furniture
Materialknotty pine
BriefDescriptionA dado (lower wall) covering of vertical pine boards, (tongue-and-groove painted) with an undemonstrative top rail. Installed to make the ringing floor less chilly ( and as a condensation barrier?)
Same treatment [HEXAB319] at slightly lower level masks the tank, standing at floor level in SE corner
ObjProdPersonJohn Dickinson
ObjProdDate1999–2000
ObjectHistoryNoteInstalled by Abbey joiner John Dickinson in 1999–2000 at the time of augmentation of the bells from 8 to 10 for the Millennium. Replaced previous badly-made and unsightly chip-board panelling.
DimensionsFull stretch of N.E & S walls, part of W
CurrentLocationTower Crossing/Ringing Floor

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TitleTower Clock mechanism
ObjectNameclock | furniture
Materialmetal
BriefDescriptionThe clock was converted in the existing frame by William Potts of Leeds from rack strike to three-train count-wheel (division-plate) strike. One was the going train, one was for the chime and one for the strike. The clock chimes the quarter hours on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th, and strikes the hours on the tenor bell. The chimes are known as the Cambridge [or Westminster] chimes. Some parts of the original clock installed in 1821 by Handley and Moore were reused in the 1886 clock.
Etched into a brass minutes setting dial in the centre of the front of the frame: “John Moore | Late | Handley and Moore | Clerkenwell | LONDON | 1821”.
Etched round the face of a brass hours setting dial to the right of the front of the frame:
round the centre: “Rev. R. Clarke, Lecturer 1821 REVD J. GIBSON, MINISTER”
nearer the outer edge: “JNO. ROWLAND, JOSh CHARLTON, Wm PEARSON, JOSh ROBINSON * Churchwardens *”
Cast into the triangular black pendulum mount on the west wall of the tower: “W POTTS & SONS | LEEDS | 1886”
Etched into a brass seconds setting dial at the back of the frame: “POTTS & SONS | LEEDS”
Etched into a rectangular brass plate on the front of the frame, the following inscription:
Inscription
HENRY CHRISTOPHER BARKER, M.A., RECTOR,
ISAAC BATY, WILLIAM COOKE,
WILLIAM JASPER CAPPER,
THOMAS ELLIS,
LEWIS CHALMERS LOCKHART,
CHURCHWARDENS
ObjProdOrganisationMessrs Potts & Sons Leeds
ObjProdDate1886
ObjectHistoryNote1886: The clock […] was reconstructed by Messrs Potts, of Leeds, in 1886, in accordance with a specification prepared by the late Mr J T Trotter and under his superintendence. […] in his specification he had only stipulated for a variation of not exceeding 5 seconds a week, the actual variation never exceeded 3 seconds a week. [Hex. Cour. 23.8.1924 – Gossip and Comment]
“The formal opening of the clock took place on Friday last [Christmas Eve 1886] … A few minutes before three Miss Barker set the clock in motion and, almost immediately after, the new chiming apparatus was set in motion and the beautiful new Cambridge chimes, mellowed and softened by the additional new roof erected in the bell-loft, were heard, and then the hour was struck on the big tenor bell. …” [Hex. Cour. 1.1.1887]
“January 1887. The Abbey Church Clock after undergoing extensive alterations & repairs was set in motion again on Christmas day last by Miss Barker, the Rev Canon Barker, Messrs L.C. & H.F. Lockhart, Mr Capper, W Cook, Mr Trotter & a few other gentlemen being present at the ceremony. …” Notebook, started Jan. 1882, of C.J. Herdman, joiner, Wall.
CurrentLocationTower Crossing/Ringing Floor

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TitlePeal-board for 5th April 1997
ObjectNamepeal-board | furniture
Materialwood
Colourpainted
BriefDescriptionOne of three peal boards on the N. wall being the middle one; fixed to wall with four brass mirror plates celebrating a peal of 5040 Plain Bob Triples in 3 hrs 6mins. Centre of title has bell painted over Saltire.
Inscription
DURHAM & NEWCASTLE
DIOCESAN ASSOCIATION
ST. ANDREW … HEXHAM ABBEY
On Saturday April 5th. 1997 in 3 hours 6 minutes – Tenor 21 cwts.
A PEAL OF
5040 PLAIN BOB TRIPLES
Composer: James Clatworthy
Treble Patricia J. Sewell
2nd. Anne E. Davies
3rd. Heather J. T. West
4th. Anne E. Parkin
5th. Jane E. Kysow
6th. A. David Hewitt
7th. Clive R. Moon
Tenor J. Neville Parkin
Conducted by Clive R. Moon
First peal at Abbey
by an all Hexham Sunday Service Band
ObjProdDate1997
DimensionsH 910 | W 610 | D 25
CurrentLocationTower Crossing/Ringing Floor

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TitlePeal-board for 21st March 1999
ObjectNamepeal-board | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionOn Ringing Chamber N. Wall to right of centre celebrating a peal of 5016 Plain Bob Maxims rung in the Abbey Crossing on Sunday 21st March 1999 in 3 hours 5 minutes on Hand Bells.
Inscription
DURHAM & NEWCASTLE
DIOCESAN … ASSSOCIATION
Rung in the Abbey Crossing on
Sunday March 21st. 1999 in 3 hours 15 minutes
On Hand Bells: Tenor: 11 in G
A PEAL OF
5016 PLAIN BOB MAXIMUS
1–2 Anne E. Parkin
3–4 Duncan G. Walker
5–6 Anne E. Davies
7–8 J. Neville Parkin
9–10 Clive R. Moon
11–12 Patricia J. Sewell
Arranged and Conducted by Duncan Walker
Umpire: Jeremy Housden
First of Maximus on hand bells for the Association
Rung as a sponsored event for the
Hexham Abbey 10 Bells for 2000 Appeal
ObjProdDate1999
DimensionsH 910 | W 610 | D 25
CurrentLocationTower Crossing/Ringing Floor

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TitlePeal-board for 18th April 1999
ObjectNamepeal-board | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionBoard with curved head. Fixed to wall with four mirror plates. Ringing Chamber N. Wall on left of centre. Celebrating a peal of 5056 London Surprise Major
Inscription
Ancient Society of
College … Youths
ST. ANDREW, HEXHAM ABBEY,
NORTHUMBERLAND
Sunday April 18th. 1999 in 3 hours 7 minutes
A PEAL OF
5056 LONDON SURPRISE MAJOR
Composer S.J. Ivin
Treble George S. Deas
2 John E. Anderson
3 Anne E. Parkin
4 Jeremy Housden
5 J. Neville Parkin
6 Stephen B. Bell
7 Michael J. Tudor
Tenor David Hird
Conducted by David Hird
ObjProdDate1999
DimensionsH 910 | W 610 | D 25
CurrentLocationTower Crossing/Ringing Floor

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TitlePeal-board 20th April 2003
ObjectNamepeal-board | furniture
Materialoak
BriefDescriptionOak board with pointed upper section and side framing imitating simple clasping buttresses with projecting pointed finials. Painted escutcheon (shield) with 3 bells around saltire.
Inscription
THE DURHAM & NEWCASTLE
DIOCESAN ASSOCIATION
OF CHURCH BELLRINGERS
THE ABBEY CHURCH OF ST. ANDREW HEXHAM
ON SUNDAY 20TH APRIL 2003
A PEAL OF 5055 STEDMAN CATERS
IN 3 HOURS AND 15 MINUTES
PATRICIA J. SEWELLTREBLEJ. NEVILLE PARKIN6
BARBARA DAVIES2CHRISTINE RICHARDSON7
G. JESSICA LANSBERRY3STEPHEN B. BELL8
ANDREW S. HAYDEN4MATTHEW J. L. DURHAM9
ANNE E. PARKIN 5CLIVE R. MOONTENOR
COMPOSED BY ROBERT E J DENNIS
CONDUCTED BY J. NEVILLE PARKIN
RUNG ON EASTER DAY AS A FAREWELL COMPLIMENT
TO THE REVEREND CANON MICHAEL NELSON
FOLLOWING HIS LAST SERVICE AFTER 10 YEARS
AS RECTOR OF HEXHAM
ObjProdDate2003
DimensionsH 915 | W 750 | D 25
CurrentLocNotefixed | centre of S wall
CurrentLocationTower Crossing/Ringing Floor

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TitleNorth Chancel Ambulatory screen west of St Wilfrid’s Chapel
ObjectNamescreen | furniture
Materialwood | metal
BriefDescriptionIn three sections:— North screen: 5 glass panels and one wooden at N. end, framed with projecting uprights on both faces. Panels 1 and 3 from south have added iron decorative railings: each of 3 uprights, the central one full height with cross in circle just above the flanking uprights which reach to half height.
South Screen: similar to N but of only 4 glass panels plus one wooden at S end and metalwork on N panel only. Asymmetry of screens to allow for central doorway to be centred on aisle E window and chapel altar. It’s frame (with hollowed faces) rises higher than the screens with its uprights projecting. The door has one metalwork decoration to match those on screens so that when the door is closed, the four metal elaborations are approx. symmetrical though the door is off-centre of the screen – a curious arrangement.
ObjProdDate1996
ObjectHistoryNote1992. Designed by Alan Moody of Douglass Wise & Partners, the Abbey Quinquennial Inspection architect. Paid for by the Lishman bequest, a private donation and money given in memory of Hazel Batey.
Dedicated at Evensong on Sunday 27th October 1996 by the Bishop of Newcastle, The Right Reverend A A K Graham. [Abbey Chronicle, Dec. 1996.]
July 2010: Wilfrid’s Chapel, Song School: Door repairs [J Dickinson]
Dimensionsmax H 2400 | W 2900 (N 1180 – door+frame – S 1000) | max D 95
CurrentLocationChancel/North Aisle/St Wilfrid’s Chapel
ReferenceCND: CNAF7
1996, 13 May. … To erect the remaining screen forming the chapel across the North choir aisle, to be of oak glass and metal. … Faculty Regr. no.4. Faculty no.4798.

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TitleNotice Board: “HEXHAM ABBEY”
ObjectNamenotice-board | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionRectangular board, with top pedimented to accommodate the Abbey logo, fixed between two wooden uprights set into the ground.
ObjProdOrganisationThe S.S. Crome Design Consultants | robsonprint.co.uk
ObjProdDateApr 2003 – 2017
ObjectHistoryNote2015: Content completely revised, but retaining most of the original S.S. Crome design.
2017: Wholesale replacement with new uprights, pictorial content including much-simplified Abbey plan, and top capped.
Dimensionsmax H 1880 | max W 1380
CurrentLocNotefixed | in Market Place
CurrentLocationExterior/Chancel
ReferenceFaculty: 2002, 6 Nov. To instal signage throughout the Abbey, in accordance with the designs of the S.S. Crome Design Consultants, … locations as shown on plan, removing current signs as listed.

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TitleNave Roof
ObjectNameroof | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionWooden arch-braced roof with 22 roof bosses.
ObjProdDate1907–1908
ObjectHistoryNote“Two holes in Nave Roof are to be repaired by Matthew Charlton.” [PCC Min. 08/03/1983 p.139 6.1]
CurrentLocationNave/Roof
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleNorth Transept Roof
ObjectNameroof | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionWooden arch-braced roof with 15 roof bosses and 10 corbel heads
ObjProdDate13th cent
ObjectProductionPeriod19th & 20th century repairs
ObjectHistoryNote1809. Faculty for new-roofing the Church. … the roof of the Nave or Body [actually N & S Transepts] of the Church … is covered with Lead … propose … to take off the Present Lead Covering and to cover it with Westmoreland Slate in the same manner as the roof over the Chancel of the said Church is now covered which was altered a few Years ago by Thomas Richard Beaumont Esquire and Diana Beaumont his Wife, the Owners or Impropriators of the great Tithes arising within the Parish of Hexham. Northumberland Record Office, Acc: NRO.3064. Ref: EP.184/80 Faculties. Faculty 16.8.1809.
1810. The lead was stripped from the roofs and sold, and the roofs covered with Westmoreland slates. [Hexham Abbey, Monograph by Hodges, 1888, p.49.]
CurrentLocationNorth Transept/Roof
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleSouth Transept Roof
ObjectNameroof | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionWooden arch-braced roof with 15 roof bosses
ObjProdDate13th cent
ObjectProductionPeriod19th century repairs
ObjectHistoryNote1809. Faculty for new-roofing the Church. … the roof of the Nave or Body [actually N & S Transepts] of the Church … is covered with Lead … propose … to take off the Present Lead Covering and to cover it with Westmoreland Slate in the same manner as the roof over the Chancel of the said Church is now covered which was altered a few Years ago by Thomas Richard Beaumont Esquire and Diana Beaumont his Wife, the Owners or Impropriators of the great Tithes arising within the Parish of Hexham. Northumberland Record Office, Acc: NRO.3064. Ref: EP.184/80 Faculties. Faculty 16.8.1809.
1810. The lead was stripped from the roofs and sold, and the roofs covered with Westmoreland slates. [Hexham Abbey, Monograph by Hodges, 1888, p.49.]
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Roof
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleRoof Boss
ObjectNameboss | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionCarved wooden roof boss: hexagon with head of man, wearing a ruff, circle behind
ObjProdDate13th cent
CurrentLocNotefixed | at intersection of E purlin and arch brace above 2nd pier
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Roof
ReferenceHAR: Fig.1 fn.2 p.2
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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AssocObjNumberHEXAB176.6
TitleRoof Boss
ObjectNameboss | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionCarved wooden roof boss: hexagon with monstrous (pard?) head, staring eyes and protruding tongue. There is a similar carving on misericord N6 [HEXAB176.6].
ObjProdDate13th cent
CurrentLocNotefixed | at intersection of W purlin and arch brace above 2nd pier
CurrentLocationSouth Transept/Roof

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TitleChancel Roof
ObjectNameroof | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionWooden arch-braced roof with 37 roof bosses. Eastern bay’s higher-pitched roof added 1860.
ObjProdDate1340–1360
ObjectProductionPeriod19th century repairs & alterations
ObjectHistoryNote“Roof in Choir. Ladies who count money have reported falls of wood. 1860 roof section should be examined for movement.” [PCC Min. 27/04/1982 p.118A 7.4]
“Fall of timber in Choir; Architect would be asked to examine it. [PCC Min. 25/5/1982 p.120 6.2]
CurrentLocationChancel/Roof
URLSee also: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

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TitleSmall Wooden Collection Plate: “Hexham Abbey Sunday School”
ObjectNamecollection-plate | furniture
Materialwood
BriefDescriptionSmall collection plate made of light-weight wood with inscription around top of rim: “Hexham Abbey Sunday School”
It stands on an octagonal alabaster water-stoop HEXAB6234 as if using it as a sturdy base, but was this ever the arrangement originally or in practice?
ObjProdDatemid 20th cent?
DimensionsDiam. 142 | Depth 25