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St Cuthberts, Elsdon

Built about 1400 in the shape of a cross. The church is dedicated to St. Cuthbert whose body is said to have rested here for a short time in 875, during the wanderings of the Monks of Lindisfarne. This church replaced a small Norman building. It is thought that the Vicar's Pele, a fortified parsonage, also dates from about 1400 when plundering by the Scots was particularly bad. On the pillars nearest the entrance are many deep grooves made by the fighting man sharpening their weapons. The only remnants of the Norman church built in 1100 are two pillars set in the west wall and perhaps two small round headed windows.

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