A North East England Historical Marvel
St Andrew’s Church (foundations are from 1165) & Hopper Mausoleum came later in 1752
Situated just a short 14-minute drive from Consett (6 minutes according to Google Maps), nestled on the grand Greymare Hill in Northumberland, the silhouette of St Andrew’s Church stands proud. This landmark offers not just mesmerising panoramic vistas of North East England but also unfolds a tapestry of regional history that dates back centuries.
Discovering North East England’s Pinnacle of History
St Andrew’s Church, set amidst the tranquil surroundings of Kiln Pit Hill, is more than a distant silhouette on the horizon. It’s a living narrative of North East England, connecting the modern with the medieval.
St Andrew’s Through the Ages
From the vision of Walter de Bolbec in 1165 sprang the foundational stone of St Andrew’s. This church, woven into the fabric of North East England’s spiritual landscape, boasts ties to Bywell’s St Andrew and its historic chapels, bearing the whispers of medieval devotion. A solitary bell capital from Shotley’s chapel is a silent sentinel to its ancient roots. But its journey wasn’t without its storms. Echoes from the 1680s reveal a church in dire need, its wardens clamouring for essentials. Yet, through the dedication of individuals like Humphry Hopper, St Andrew’s was not only rescued from its challenges but revitalised to stand tall in our times.
The Hopper Mausoleum: An Architectural Marvel
Adjacent to the church stands a monumental ode to dedication and grandeur: the Hopper Mausoleum. Commissioned in 1752 by Humphrey Hopper, this Grade I listed edifice, dedicated to his wife Jane, captures the architectural zeitgeist of its era in North East England history.
Nature’s Touch: The Graveyard’s Distinct Character
Managed by The Churches Conservation Trust, the church’s graveyard exudes a raw, natural charm, reflective of North East England’s rugged beauty. Yet, as you wander, take note of its uneven terrain. Among the 49 headstones, three bear the unmistakable artistic touch of the renowned sculptor, John Graham Lough, whose works pepper various North East landmarks.
Visiting the Relics of the Past
For those keen to tread the paths of history, St Andrew’s Church throws open its doors daily from 10am – 4pm. For a truly immersive experience, consider reaching out to the Local Community Officer or visit: https://fabulousnorth.com/st-andrews-church-and-hopper-mausoleum/
Within just 6 minutes of Consett, St Andrew’s Church and the Hopper Mausoleum are not just historic landmarks; they’re narrators, regaling tales from bygone eras, inviting one and all to listen, learn, and linger.