Ryal – All Saints

Back in the depths of winter we had driven the road from Belsay Castle across Ingoe Moor (top photo is looking north at about NZ041762) and came to All Saints’ church at Ryal (NZ016742). It is in the middle of a small hamlet, and the church was – understandably – locked. I did photo these rather interesting stones by the door.

On Saturday 22 January, on the way back from a Barrasford lunch, we stopped – and the church was open. Entering the church and looking east, it’s a lovely little stone-built church – a twelfth century chapel of ease rebuilt in 1870.

Looking west, the west wall is stunning:

According to Pevsner they are 19 medieval Cross Slabs – but there is nothing more about them on the web.




This altar has a Roman feel to it – it would look nice in my garden! There is also a memorial tablet to those killed in the building of Whittington Tunnel and Aqueduct. I assume that must be a local construction – part of the Catcleugh system? – but I can’t find a mention on the web.

Outside is rather lovely too. This is a gorgeous little church, part of the Stamfordham / Matfen group, and has a service every Sunday afternoon.

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