NY8773 : The Parish Church of St Mungo at Simonburn

taken 6 years ago, near to Simonburn, Northumberland, Great Britain

The Parish Church of St Mungo at Simonburn
The Parish Church of St Mungo at Simonburn
According to a booklet displayed inside, a church has existed on this site since the 6th or 7th century. Its foundation is attributed to St Mungo who was driven from his cell at Glasgow by the pagan King Morken and undertook a missionary journey through Cumbria to North Wales.

St Mungo’s is the mother church of the North Tyne Valley. Up until the early 19th century, the original parish extended from Hadrian's Wall to Carter Bar and was at that time the largest parish in England; perhaps this helps to explain why the tiny village of Simonburn has such a large church.

There are traces of an Anglican church from the 9th century, but the present building is mainly 13th century in origin with sensitive restorations made in 1762 and 1863.

The Church of St Mungo is a grade II* listed building (LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

LinkExternal link "The Great Parish of Simonburn" from Hadrian's Wall to Carter Bar

LinkExternal link Northumbria.info

LinkExternal link Wikipedia article about St Mungo
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 24 October, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8710 7357 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:3.3868N 2:12.2085W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 8712 7358
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