History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Within the nave, a staircase leads to amazingly complete Saxon crypt, built partly with Roman stones. The abbey also houses a 'frith stool', believed to date to the 8th century. This was used as a coronation throne for Northumbrian kings, and later, as a sanctuary stool.
The bulk of Hexham Abbey is 13th century, with the addition of a wonderful 16th century painted rood screen.
Near the abbey is the 14th century Moot Hall, also built from Roman stone. The Moot Hall was for many years a court used by the powerful Archbishops of York. The Archbishops built the 14th century Manor Office, the first purpose-built gaol in England.
Hexham boasts some fine architecture, with a few Elizabethan buildings, and quite a few Georgian houses.
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Address: Hexham, Northumberland, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: NY 9369 6356
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Northumberland National Park - 0.1 miles (Countryside)
Hexham Abbey - 0.4 miles (Historic Church)
Corbridge Roman Town - 2.8 miles (Roman Site)
Corbridge Bridge - 3.2 miles (Historic Building)
Corbridge, St Andrew's Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Heavenfield, St Oswald's Church - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
Planetrees Roman Wall (Hadrian's Wall) - 3.7 miles (Roman Site)
Brunton Turret (Hadrian's Wall) - 4 miles (Roman Site)
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