Spotlight on county churches in new book

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A new book looks at the history of Northumberland’s churches from the Anglo-Saxon era to the Reformation.

The Anglo-Saxon period was a golden age for Christianity in Northumberland and as well as the Lindisfarne Gospels, this era also produced exceptionally fine churches, many of which were later to be laid waste by the Vikings.

Author Stan Beckensall, who has long researched the history and archaeology of the county, has visited and photographed all the remaining churches and read reports on those no longer visible.

In addition, he looks at the origin of the names of towns and villages that have or had churches and discusses their locations with the help of aerial photography.

Northumberland Churches, published by Amberley, is available now priced £14.99. ISBN 978-1-4456-0436-7.