Rock, Northumberland


Rock is a village in Northumberland, located about 4 miles north-east of Alnwick and 2 miles south-west of Embleton. The village includes the Church of St Philip and St James which dates back to the 12th Century, and Rock Hall, parts of which were built in the 13th century. Rock is now party of Remminton Civil Parish; historically the Township of Rock was within the ancient Parish of Embleton.

Rock is a village in Northumberland, England about 5 miles (8 km) north of Alnwick.

The single street has on one side cottages and gardens; on the other, an ornamental lake. At the end is a little Norman church; and beyond that, the battlements and towers of Rock Hall. The sundial and the inscribed stone in the end wall of the schoolroom were originally part of a residence of the Salkelds which stood on the site. The Hall was then their seat – their coat of arms still remains above an old, blocked doorway to the right of the modern entrance. Later a branch of the Fenwicks lived here. It was a John Fenwick of Rock that was hanged for the murder of Mr. Ferdinando Forster at the White Cross, Newgate Street, Newcastle, in 1701.

The Hall dates to the 12th or 13th centuries. The south wing was converted into a defensible tower house in the late 14th or early 15th century, the whole was remodelled in the 17th century, but the house was left ruinous by a fire in 1752, before being restored and extended by Charles Bosanquet in the 19th century.

The same Charles Bosanquet also restored the church. The west door of this splendid little edifice is a rich piece of original Norman work. The gargoyles are noteworthy. The memorial brass within to Colonel John Salkeld does not mention that the worthy colonel killed a Swinburne of Capheaton near the gates of Meldon and only just escaped hanging.

Governance

Rock is in the parliamentary constituency of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Religious sites

The church is dedicated to St Philip and St James.

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