Newbiggin – St Edmund’s Church
St Edmund’s Church, at Newbiggin in the Eden Valley, was largely rebuilt in the 14th Century, but some parts date from the 12th Century. The Church consists of a chancel and nave, with a bell-cote on the West gable. The North chapel was added in the 16th Century.
The de Newbiggin family of Newbiggin Hall, next door to the Church, were patrons of the Church until about 1332, when the patronage passed to the Crackenthorpe family. In the North chapel is a memorial chapel to members of the Crackenthorpe family since about 1900.
There are some very colourful stained glass windows. The East window contains some stained glass that dates probably from the 14th or 15th Century. The ceiling is painted with gold and silver mullets, the armorial device from the Crackenthorpe arms, and has Bible texts around the frieze. Psalm 121, ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills’ is painted on the West wall. There is a stone font with an ornately carved cover.
In early Spring, there are snowdrops and aconites in the Church yard, the grounds of Newbiggin Hall, and on the banks of the nearby Crowdundle Beck.
Aerial and interior photos by Simon Ledingham.
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