Thursday, 18 February 2016

Church of St Mary & St Michael, Doddington, Northumberland, UK

Grade I, 11th Century - Dod Well by the roadside in the village has a cross of Calvary and basin which was erected by the Earl of Tankerville in 1846. An amateur video is at the foot of this page

The Church dedicated to both St. Mary and St. Michael is a rare combination. This 12th century building has stood more or less on the site of the present nave and baptistry.

The present church building has undergone various alterations – not least the reversal of the interior axis, so that the chancel is in the west and the baptistry in the east.

Two grave steles can be seen in the porch and a monument in the sanctuary is in memory of Horace St. Paul, Count of the Holy Roman Empire.

In the southeastern corner of the churchyard is a watch-house, built in 1826, when there was alarm about body-snatchers operating on behalf of Scottish surgeons. It is hoped that this building will soon be restored and made safe for visitors.

The church is normally open during day light hours and visitors are most welcome.