Mystery is solved thanks to readers

Herald The Past' Charles Franklin Murphy, an architect based in Morpeth from 1903 but originally from Lancashire. I attach a picture which we have, showing Murphy handing over an object to a lady who is B Burn, but we would like to find out where the picture was taken in 1938. We know that Murphy did work throughout the county so it may not be in the Morpeth area. The Miss B Burn in the picture is the sister of late Col Burn of Carrycoats and this family were involved with the Burn Fireclay Co of Morpeth. Wonder if the picture could be shown in the Herald to see if anyone recognises the foundation stone and hence the building or any of the people.
Herald The Past' Charles Franklin Murphy, an architect based in Morpeth from 1903 but originally from Lancashire. I attach a picture which we have, showing Murphy handing over an object to a lady who is B Burn, but we would like to find out where the picture was taken in 1938. We know that Murphy did work throughout the county so it may not be in the Morpeth area. The Miss B Burn in the picture is the sister of late Col Burn of Carrycoats and this family were involved with the Burn Fireclay Co of Morpeth. Wonder if the picture could be shown in the Herald to see if anyone recognises the foundation stone and hence the building or any of the people.

HERALD readers have solved the mystery of this old photograph.

Our Herald The Past columnists Brian Harle and Alan Davison are preparing an article on famous Morpeth architect Charles Franklin Murphy and came across this picture.

They knew it was taken in 1938, but they were stumped as to where it was. As Mr Murphy worked throughout the country, it could have been anywhere and they appealed to readers for help.

Now they have been told that the picture was taken at St Mary’s Church in Widdrington Station.

The building was demolished in the 1990s, but the foundation stone is in St John’s Church, Ulgham.