Church of St. Romald the Hermit, Romaldkirk

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    A rare dedication, St. Romald is believed to be a Saxon saint, and this would make sense as Teesdale is right in the centre of the old Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, which stretched from the Humber to the Firth of Forth from the 6thC to the 10thC. The standing church is Grade 1 Listed and dates from the 12thC to the 16thC, although some Saxon stonework & crosses are incorporated into the fabric of the building. Although it is now in the county of Durham, this is only since the 1974 boundary changes. Historically it was in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and it is still within the archdeaconry of Richmond & Craven, and the diocese of Leeds. Inside the church is a Medieval stone effigy of Sir Hugh Fitz Henry who died in 1305, in chain mail and holding a shield. " Hugh was the son of Sir Henry Fitz Randolf of Ravensworth (Richmondshire). He was summoned to parliment by Edward I in 1274 and again in 1301. His paternal line goes back to Bardolf Thorfinsson fitz Eudes (Lord of Ravensworth) born c.1052 in Brittany. His half brother was Count Alain "Rufus" of Brittany (later of Richmond), who fought with William at the battle of Hastings in 1066. They were of Norse decent. The line stretches back to Ragnvald Eysteinsson, Jarl of More & Vestfold, Norway in the 9thC.
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    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 9 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 2021-08-01T12:53:07
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