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Hexham Abbey is a truly special place which nestles at the centre of a vibrant market town. The Abbey's unusual and beautiful features hold the key to the many fascinating stories of the people who have built and worshipped in this sacred place.
A rare gem is the Abbey's Crypt which is over 1300 years old. Lost underground for hundreds of years, this tiny underground chapel was designed as a place of pilgrimage and cared for by the first monks who established a Benedictine community here. Fugitives as well as pilgrims were welcomed by the monks.
In the beautiful medieval Choir you will find the Frith Stool - the chair of peace - a Saxon sanctuary seat, decorated with beautiful Celtic patterns. The monastic community has left us other treasures - the atmospheric 'Night Stair', the only one of its kind in the country, with its gently worn stone steps, and the misericords, decorated with carved images from medieval myths and legends, used for daily worship. Indeed, some people say that the peace and calm of the Abbey's unique atmosphere reflects all the prayers that have been offered here for over a thousand years.
A worshipping community is still at the heart of Hexham Abbey and we too are leaving our mark. Due to be installed in December 2012 is the Tyrell Window, a new stained glass window to celebrate the theme of 'hospitality'. Like the monks, before us, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors.
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