It is quite certain that although the Romans had a store camp at Corstopitum during the time of their occupation, most of village life seems to have evolved around St. Andrew's Church. St. Wilfred, responsible for the building of Hexham Abbey, sent his monks to Corbridge among other places to build a Saxon Church or a monastery. There are still remains of that church built about 774.
Here, generations of families have gathered to praise God, to pray and to gain inspiration on their journey of faith . They have brought their children for baptism, been married here and come to give thanks for the love they have received from parents and friends who have died .
The Church we see in the centre of Corbridge has been radically altered and modernised to deal with Danish and other marauders through the centuries. Reminders of this can be seen inside and outside - the Saxon window at the west end of the church, the Roman archway at the base of the tower, the Norman doorway and, one of the gems of St. Andrew's, the beautiful early English archway.
More recent reordering projects have enabled space to be created to enhance the worship in the church. The Millennium window was a gift from the Parish Council . The artist was Rob Robertson of Fusion Glass Designs and shows a cross rising from the water of chaos in a stream of glasswork with Celtic knotwork and a pair of sheep shears .
Outside there is the fortified pele tower used by earlier vicars as a vicarage. The booklet, 'Look at St. Andrew's Church Corbridge' gives many points of interest.
Perhaps we should remember that St. Wilfred sent his monks to Corbridge - to minister to the needs of the local inhabitants - and we in the 21st century, as regular worshippers, have the same task - not only to worship but to go out into our lovely village and minister to our other villagers.
This church is well worth a visit and is open during daylight hours so do visit us.
More detailed information about the church and Corbridge can be found in:
A Brief Guide to St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Corbridge, Northumberland written by Robin Gray
St. Andrew’s Parish Church Corbridge Its History and Architecture written by David Waugh
The History of Northumberland Volume 10
Corbridge Border Village written by Walter R. Iley.