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Hepple Christ Church

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Christ Church, Hepple, was founded by Sir Walter Buchanan-Riddell as a chapel of ease to Rothbury Parish, and consecrated on 10 July 1893 by the Rt. Rev. Ernest Wilberforce, Bishop of Newcastle. The architect, Mr. C. Hodgson Fowler, adopted a simple late perpendicular style, using local stone. The interior is distinguished by an Italianate Altar piece, with a copy of Perugino's painting of the Crucifixion at Florence. The font bowl is possibly of Saxon origin, and was brought from Kirkfield, West Hepple, the site of a former church. [The Newcastle Diocesan Gazetteer (1982), page 96.]

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