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The church of St Nicholas dates from the 13th century, although with 18th and 19th c restoration. The church contains several monuments to the Marmion family: including several from the 13th and 14th centuries. In particular, alabaster effigies of Sir John Marmion and his wife, dating from c. 1387, are placed under an ironwork hearse with prickets for candles, of the same date: ironwork of this date over a tomb is probably unique in this country. He is shown wearing the SS collar of Lancastrian allegiance - he died fighting under John of Gaunt in Spain.

Marmion Tower

This is the remains of a medieval fourteenth or fifteenth century gatehouse with upper chambers and a fine orial window of delicate gothic tracery. It would originally have belonged to a now vanished riverside manor house, and monuments to the manor's Marmion family owners grace the adjacent church.

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    Aug 23, 2006 at 2:10 AM

    Nice to see a West Tanfield page! Did you know James Herriot holidayed here? :)


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