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
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