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Hexham Abbey, on account of its 7th Century crypt, is the oldest building on the tour. There are only six Saxon crypts in England; Hexham's closely resembles not only the one in Ripon Cathedral, but also the crypt in Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre. The stones used to build the crypt were previously worked by the Romans, many with decorative patterns. 'Upstairs' there are two Roman altars, one with a carved inscription to the god Maponus Apollo, as well as several other Roman and Saxon carvings. The Abbey contains a wealth of beautifully painted fourteenth and fifteenth Century wooden panels and fine medieval choir stalls.

The main body of Hexham Abbey was built in the twelfth Century Early English style, although the nave was largely rebuilt in 1907/8. There is a great sense of unity about the building, and it occupies a central position in a delightful town. The building has wonderful acoustics and is ideal for un-amplified music. As well as having a fine choir, Hexham Abbey hosts this - its own festival - every year.

Special thanks to Kevin Stephens and his team at Hexham Abbey Festival.

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Acoustic Triangle Sacred Tour

Sunday September 18th

Time: 8.15pm
Tickets: £8 (concs.£4)
Phone: 01434 652477

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