The tranquility of St Andrew's church, set on the banks of the river Esk, belies the turbulence of its past. The church serves the scattered population in the rural parish of Kirkandrews on Esk, once the centre of the historic and lawless Debateable Land of the English Scottish border.
The simplicity of the exterior of the church gives no hint either of the splendour of the interior. The present Grade II* church is a plain Georgian rectangular structure on an unusual north south axis. It stands under the protection of a Pele Tower in the landscaped setting of the Netherby Hall Parkland.
Key features include, the arched window with their original tinted chequerboard panes and inset stained glass panel by Henry Victor Milner; the Tuscan doorway to the southern front with a large top pediment; the landmark bell tower housing a sundial, a thanksgiving from the Graham family for the safe return of two sons from WWI and the first door colonnaded gallery with its vividly coloured centre memorial window.
Linking the moat half of the parish across the river Esk to the church is an 80m Grade II footbridge replacing an earlier ferry. The bridge, constructed in 1877 and manufactured by Francis Morton of Liverpool, consists of two latticed iron pylons from which are suspended steel cables and a wooden plank walkway.
Spectacular stained glass
Social heritage stories
National heritage here
Bus stop within 100m
Level access to the main areas
On street parking at church
Accessible toilets in church
Walkers & cyclists welcome
Space to secure your bike
* Open every day 10am to 5pm.
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