On Saturday 14 April, having had the taste for roman forts, I decided to go to the next camp north of Bremenium, Chew Green (NT787086), on the Border, high up in the Coquet Valley. First stop was Thropton, where Pevsner makes no mention of an Anglican church. I found it – NU032024 – and it’s gorgeous. It was built in 1902 by public subscription on land donated by Lord Armstrong. Apparently the pews came from St Barnabas church, Thorneyford, Kirkley in the parish of Ponteland. I knew I had a chapel in my parish that is no longer in use, but I didn’t know the pews had survived. I hope the congregation enjoy sitting on them!
It is quite a drive up through Netherton and Alwinton then up Upper Coquetdale. When we started it was a pleasant day – not stunning Spring weather (we’ve had none of that this year), but perfectly acceptable – by the time we got to Chew Green (10 miles up the valley from Alwinton and 238 metres higher) we were in a blizzard. I did not even get out of the car. An interesting drive back – off road at one point (as my wife will not let me forget – in my defence I was only doing 20 mph as we skidded off the road).