Hexham Abbey visit enjoyed

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KIRKLEY WI

On a wonderfully hot and sunny day some members of Kirkley WI visited Hexham Abbey.

The visit was part of a lot purchased at the County Auction by Jean Burke on behalf of the members.

A member of Lowgate WI conducted the tour of the abbey. The highlight of the visit was a trip into the crypt. The members visited the exhibition showing the history of the abbey.

Wilfrid, after whom the abbey was named, was born in 634. He was banished from Northumberland in 677.

The first monks to reside at the abbey were of the Order of St Benedict.

During the time of the Vikings the abbey fell into decline and was finally destroyed in 1296 during the Border Raids.

The current building is worth a visit.

After the tour of the abbey the Kirkley members drove to Lowgate WI to enjoy a superb afternoon tea in the peace and serenity of the Northumberland countryside.