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Byrness: St Francis

Address: Pennine Way Byrness Otterburn
NE19 1TR
Archdeaconry: LINDISFARNE
Parish: Horsley with Byrness
Telephone: 01830520212

“Built in 1793 and consecrated three years later, St Francis church was at one time the smallest parish church in the diocese of Newcastle. The stained glass window, installed in the south wall in 1903 commemorates those of the community who died during the period of construction of the nearby Catcleugh Reservoir and was paid for by their fellow workers. It is reputedly the only such window to include the depiction of a narrow gauge railway.”

We apologise that it is not possible to go into the church at present because the floor on the north side is unsafe due to rot.  We are working to raise the funds to do a 'like for like' restoration of the woodwork on that side, after which the church will reopen for private prayer.  If you are able to contribute, so that we can begin to use the church again soon, and start to gather funds for the south side, which will need doing next, please contact Revd Elaine Ryder ( for details of the account, or donate from this site and let us know it is for this work.   Services are held by zoom for the team area, at 10.00 am each Sunday - e-mail Elaine if you would like a link to the service. 

"The parish of Horsley with Byrness is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Newcastle’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."