Hexham Abbey

During our Durham County weekend, because we found Durham (Castle and Cathedral) pretty unhelpful and almost rude, we went up to Hexham Abbey.  The staff at Hexham Abbey were delighted to have us visit and encouraged us to take all the pictures we wanted.

Each of these thumbnails here are a link to the large photo. 

Some very nice Glastonbury chairs surrounding another nicely carved chair. (210kb)


The sidesof the Glastonbury chair. (227kb) The carving on the front of the chairback. (212kb)
Four rosettes with interspersed leaves. (232kb) A cleric with an open mouth, holding two large keys. (257kb)


A stylized arrangement of four elaborate leaves. (238kb)
A Latin cross on a shield. (213kb) A five-petalled rose. (268kb) A female head with flowing hair. (231kb)
A green man breathing branches. (254kb) The head of a man with flowing hair and beard. (235kb) A bearded face with a moustache and long flowing haird. (237kb)
A hovering bird. (253kb) Four leopard masks with protruding tongues. (210kb)


A foliate mask with an open mouth. (216kb)
A leopard head. (324kb) A five-petalled rose. (224kb) A shield charged with 6 lions rampant. (206kb)


A five-petalled rose. (357kb) A winged demi-angel (missing its head) holding a shield with the cross of St Andrew.  (222kb)


A bouquet of three acanthus leaves and two clusters of berries. (231kb)
A foliate face. (217kb) An evil pard head (or a lion mask). Pards were bloodthirsty progeny of panthers and lionesses that killed with one bound.(255kb)


An evil pard head. (214kb)
A green man with stalks coming out of his nose. (230kb) A face within leaves. (219kb) A pard head with protruding tongue.  (226kb)


A two-legged creature with human head and forked beard. (232kb)


A bearded happy human face. (237kb) A satyr (demon) with bat-like wings, but the head has been broken off. (236kb)
A female satyr (she-demon) with bat-like wings. (246kb)


A wyvern with protruding tongue. (247kb) Diagram showing the layout of Hexham Abbey choir stalls. (149kb)
Information on half of the northern misericords. (334kb)


Remainder of the information on the northern misericords. (222kb) Information on half of the southern misericords. (249kb)
Remainder of the information on the southern misericords. (270kb)


Information on the poppy-head bench ends. (281kb) A bench end of a pelican in its piety. (265kb)
East elbow rest of stall S10, a human head in a cowl, with open lips showing zig-zag teeth. (154kb) East elbow rest of stall N8, a bearded human head with long ringlet hair. (267kb)


East elbow rest of stall S8, a finely carved human face with a conical cap (144kb)
East elbow rest of stall S3, a human face in a cowl, with a protruding tongue. (239kb) East elbow rest of stall S4, a human face wearing a double cap with a brim. (178kb) Another picture of the Glastonbury chair carving. (248kb)


South elbow rest of stall S17, a pelican in its piety. (255kb) A side shot of S17, a pelican in its piety. (289kb) South elbow rest of stall S19, a human face with moustache and beard, wearing a double hat. (161kb)


The "Frith Stool", carved from a single block of stone in the 7th century as a bishop's throne. (216kb)


(302kb) Part of the 'Dance of Death', a 15th century painting.  L to R: death dancing with a cardinal, king, and emperor.  (199kb)
The lectern, showing 3 of the 14 paintings from the 15th century. (319kb)


Some really neat stone carving in the Lady Chapel. (153kb) The front of Hexham Abbey. (155kb)
The entrance to the medieval courthouse and gaol (jail). (266kb)    

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