Harnham Hall, Northumberland

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Harnham Hall


  • Description

    Harnham Hall is the house to the left partly hidden behind the farm buildings. It is now a Buddhist retreat. Pevsner describes the Hall as “Not at all a large house, and rather plain, with its pebbledashed façade; but a house rich in history and atmosphere.” There was a building recorded on this site as long ago as 1415 but the present Hall dates to the 16th or 17th century. From c.1660 to 1677 the Hall was owned by the Babington family. Kate Babington, daughter of Sir Arthur Hazelrigg, was a dissenter and was excommunicated by the Church and when she died, in 1670, the vicar of Bolam refused to allow her burial in the parish churchyard. As a result, she was buried in a sepulchre hewn out of the rock in the cliff below the Hall. There is an inscription in the cave which reads: “In hopes of future bliss contented here I lie, Though I would have been pleased to live, Yet was not displeased to die.” Tomlinson’s Guide to Northumberland (1888) states that there is also an inscription which reads: “Here lyeth the body of Madam Babington, who was laid in this sepulchre on the 9th September 1670. My time is past, as you may see, I viewed the dead as you do me; Or long you’ll be as low as me, And some will look on thee.”
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    Phil Thirkell
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    What does this mean? Attribution-NonCommercial License
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/63008913@N00/425614017/
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 7 years, 1 month ago
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