Cambo – Holy Trinity (again)

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I visited this church in 2012 – it seems to be open during the day. We are having a week’s holiday in sunny Hexham, and on Monday 18 May we rose late and headed north. We stopped at Cambo church as one of my blog readers had asked “Is there a stained glass window in the Church dedicated to Charles Trevelyan who was the Permanent Secretary of the Treasury during the mid 1800’s?” Yes, there is, the west window under the tower.

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mayc 013According to the Wallington National Trust guidebook. Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan (1807-86) inherited the estate after a career as a hard-working civil servant (this photo is from the National Portrait Gallery website. He had begun his career in the Indian Civil Service, then joined the Treasury, where he was in charge of relief during the Irish Famine of the 1840s – he has not always had a good press over this. Trollope satirised him as Sir Gregory Hardlines in The Three Clerks (1857) – my wife northernreader writes the literary blog, over to you darling.  He inherited the estate in 1879, and “was able to enjoy Wallington for only seven years, but enjoy it he did. All the energy, all the enthusiasm that had marked his stormy career now went into improving the estate and the lot of those who lived there.” The guidebook also says he was remembered for “his tall, wiry frame, his snow-white hair, his face as rugged as a sea-worn rock, its deep lines instinct with energy and power, his eyes alive for everything happening.”

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Cambo church dates to 1842, and Sir Charles added the tower and vestry in 1884.  The altar frontal is lovely.

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We went on to Wallington, which is a lovely National Trust property – website. We wandered round the house, walked down to the beautiful Walled Garden, and visited the tea room (twice). I like holidays!

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5 Responses to Cambo – Holy Trinity (again)

  1. Hello

    Signal Books in Oxford ( would like to reproduce your lovely picture of Holy Trinity, Cambo, where John Dower, the man behind the creation of the UK’s National Parks, was married. We’re doing a book to mark the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks Act. Could you kindly grant us permission to use your photo? We’ll gladly send you a copy of the book!

  2. That would be great. Many thanks.

  3. Anon says:

    Are you being serious when you say Trevelyan has always had good press over the Irish famine relief effort?! He is one of the most hated figures in Irish history and is included in a verse of the fields of Athenry which is sung at every Irish sporting event. The jury is out over whether he wanted the Irish to die or just didn’t care. He’s almost as vilified as Cromwell

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