History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
St Mary's church was the site of historic drama in 1534, Henry VIII's church commissioners, sent to dissolve Hexham Abbey were challenged from the top of the church tower by the abbot, dressed in armour. The abbot was hanged for his impudence, ostensibly for wearing armour, which was forbidden to a cleric.
Remnants of two Saxon crosses are preserved in the church. Georgian engraver Thomas Bewick, a native of Ovingham, is buried in the churchyard.
There is an annual Goose Fair, which dates back to 1294.
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Address: Ovingham, Northumberland, England
Attraction Type: Village
OS: NZ 0863 6356
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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