Possibly Saxon quoins at the SW corner of the nave, a blocked Saxon or early Norman arch in the W wall of the tower, and a round rere-arch to the tower ground-floor lancet. Otherwise the church is C13, must restored, in fact partly taken down and rebuilt by Benjamin Ferrey in 1848.
- Those Saxon quoins seen externally on the south east corner of the tower in the angle where it joins the nave
- Anglo-Saxon architectural details hidden within the tower including
a blocked Saxon, early Romanesque arch in the west wall
- The 4:1 ratio in the length to width of the nave - a Saxon feature
- The setting of the church within the village
Some of these buildings show high level blocked doorways that hint to high floor levels within some of these early churches. No one knows what these were used for but they could have provided accommodation for monastic communities.
The Jarrow lecture by Rev G.W.O. Addleshaw in 1963 described the early Christian landscape as one of minsters, that is church settlements, each of which served a large parochia or territory. Out of this landscape of widely scattered minsters grew the landscape of parish churches that we are familiar with today. A recent article in the Morpeth Herald discusses the search for the missing minster among the known Anglo-Saxon churches of the area, including Stamfordham. The chief line of evidence given in its favour being the cross shaft.
Stamfordham in Nothernvicar's blog
Stamfordham Cross in The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
Church of St Mary, Stamfordham on Pastscape
Church of St Mary Stamfordham Grade I Listed Building
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