Ingram Church of St Michael

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are major building remains

NameIngram Church of St Michael
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Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishIngram

The earliest parts of the church were built in C11, though all that remains of this date is a small area around the tower. The rest of the church was built in C13 and C14. (Keys to the Past)

The tower of St Michael's church was strongly built and may have acted as a stronghold during the Scottish raids in the late medieval period, and would also have been a defence against the later Border Reivers. (Long)

Gatehouse Comments

In the record for Ingram Tower King (1983) states that Long mistakenly described the church tower as defensible. The church is fully described by Peter Ryder (Northumberland National Park website) with no mention of defense. The extensive repairs of the church were sometimes clumsy.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNU019163
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  • Wilson, F.R., 1870, Survey of Churches in the Archdeaconry of Lindisfarne (Newcastle-upon-Tyne; M. and M.W. Lambert)


  • The Archaeological Practice Ltd., 2004, 'Ingram Northumberland an archaeological and historical study of a border township' Northumberland National Park Historic Village Atlas (The Northumberland National Park Authority) online copy