12th century Church of high importance architecturally, historically & archaeologically. On site of Roman Fort of Aballava. Built from the stones of Hadrian’s Wall. King Edward I died nearby and his body Lay in State in the Church, visited by his Heir, the future King Edward II and the Court in 1307, when for ten days the Church was at the centre of national events.
A “Walk Through Time” along the Church path guides visitors through the momentous events which have shaped this site. An illustrated Visitor Display in the Tower tells the story of the Fort, the Church, its Royal association, and the notorious raiders and Border Reivers who terrorised the area in days gone by. Stand in the very place where the population sheltered from attack, their farm animals having been driven into the Church for safety.
The Churchyard provides a pedestrian through-route avoiding the main road.