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St Michael and All Angels Church

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St Michael and All Angels Church

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Jon Rahr wrote a review Dec 2019
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I spend some time in Ingram and visited the church next to the village hall and café. The rough and barren surroundings in Cheviot Hills and the church fits well together and it is pretty obvious, that living here has been hard and strenious.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Geoff H wrote a review Oct 2019
Cranbrook, United Kingdom9,910 contributions211 helpful votes
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It is hard to believe that this small, beautiful church in its tranquil setting was badly damaged many times when the Border Wars, which raged throughout the period from the 14th century to the 16th century, avaged the area. Even as late as the 1870s, the church was in a bade state of repair but then tragedy struck the family of the then Rector, James Allgood. On 21 January 1876, the Rector's wife, Isabella, was taking two of their sons, James (aged 13) and David (aged 11) to their public school in England. They were travelling south on the Great Northern Railway on an express, the Flying Scotsman. At Abbots Ripton, in a blizzard, the Flying Scotsman ran into a coal train at speed. Minutes after this collision, the wreckage, which was blocking the northbound line, was run into by an express heading north from Leeds. Thirteen passengers, including Isabella, James and David, were killed and 53 passengers and 6 train crew were injured. This tragedy, however, greatly benefited the church because the Rector and his sister restored the church in memory of Isabella, James and David. The church is entered through a lychgate erected in 1920 as a First World War memorial. An interesting feature of the church is the stained glass window installed in memory of Robert Collingwood Roddam of the Northumberland Fusiliers who was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry on the field of battle in Belgium during the First World War and who, aged 25, was subsequently killed in action in that War on 16 June 1915. The graveyard of the church is also very interesting. There is the solitary Commonwealth War Grave of Coldstream Guardsman Robert Holywell who was killed in the Second World War on 7 December 1940. There are also the graves of Isabella, James and David Allgood and Rector James Allgood. All in all, an interesting church with a lot of history.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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