A trip out

snowglobe
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10:07 AM - May 26, 2013 #1

Whilst up on the site I took a trip out to Chesters fort and headed south a few miles to visit Warden church of St Micheal & All Angels (yes all angels, nobody left out here) I read Clifford Jones book on walking Hadrians wall and in it he mentions the church and has an interesting theory that because the first church was built around AD704 the builders not only used reused roman stone but possibly saw the wall turrets standing to almost full height & modelled the tower along the same lines? The tower has been added to over the centuries but a nice theory.

The 11th Cent Arch made from used roman stone possibly from Chesters

Warden Man, the reused and split roman altar

Various burial stones and stone coffin

The guide mentions these graves with iron hoops to stop grave robbing or the resurrection men, was Hexham a centre for anatomy students?

Finally on the road down from Chesters fort a nice cross base by the river.

If you visit please don't forget the change for the donation box to keep these places for future generations.
Church webpage & location
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11:28 AM - May 26, 2013 #2

On Snowglobe's recommendation, me and Nigel also made a trip to Warden Church.
When we had a look around the churchyard, we spotted a few very interesting gravestones ...

P1080914 by mooseandhobbes


P1080922 by mooseandhobbes, on Flickr

...some relation, Snowglobe?

P1080933 by mooseandhobbes
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Joined: 8:48 AM - Dec 02, 2006

10:34 PM - May 26, 2013 #3

Warden Church.

Did you notice the lancet windows dedicated to John Clayton, Esq., of Chesters? He was the one who saved much of what we see of Hadrian's Wall central section today.

John Clayton (town clerk) - Wikpedia, the free encyclopediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Clayt ... clerk[/url)

We bought a book - 'Saving the Wall - The Conservation of Hadrian's Wall' by Stephen Leach & Alan Whitworth - from Vindolanda Museum, last autumn, and a very interesting read it was too. It tells the story of the conservation of Hadrian's Wall, from the construction of General Wade's Military Road in the 18th century to the designation of the Wall as a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Malise & Mike
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10:41 PM - May 26, 2013 #4

Oh, forgot! Some pix of the window and the inscription, and close up of Saxon window, found in Warden Church.

We 'collect' Saxon towers etc :D

M & M
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10:43 PM - May 26, 2013 #5

Nothing like a repeat message! :'(

M
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