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A very warm welcome to St Michael and All Angels, set in the peaceful hamlet of Alnham in the heart of Upper Coquetdale.
We invite you to discover this beautiful 12th century church for yourself, and explore its remarkable setting on the edge of the Northumberland National Park.
Alnham and its Church
The church may be tranquil today, but it was once the centre of a bustling medieval village, complete with village green. You can see what remains of this ‘lost’ medieval village in the fields opposite the church.
From Alnham, you can also enjoy a walk along the Salters Road, one of many attractive routes that start here and take you into the National Park.
Peaceful today, the Salters Road was originally a busy pack-horse route. It was used for carrying salt from the Northumberland coast up to the Scottish Borders, and was frequented by smugglers.
Restoring the Church
Conflict, fire and periods of neglect have all taken their toll on this historic church, and it has undergone much restoration during its lifetime.
In 2018, the local community raised funds for a major restoration, aimed at preserving the church for future generations.
Now, the beautiful architecture and fascinating artefacts are complemented by modern facilities, making it a warm and welcoming place for congregation and visitors alike.
St Michael’s remains a place of prayer and reflection, and the church and the landscape that surrounds it both ‘declare the glory of God’ [Psalm 19:1].
Join Us for Worship
St Michael’s is part of the large parish of Upper Coquetdale, comprising six churches, and is still used for regular worship. You can find out more about the service times and our faith community by visiting the parish website.
If you’d like to find out more about Upper Coquetdale, the ecumenical group of churches in the parish produces a magazine – Over the Bridges – with church and community information, and lively and informative articles.