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Yetholm Kirk


“A substantial, commodious, well built, and not unhandsome building” was the description given to the new church of Yetholm built in 1836 during the Ministry of the Revd. John Baird.


 This impressive, turreted structure built of squared blue whinstone pricked out with white cement, is in a style of excellent taste and keeping with its surroundings, affording views of the picturesque Bowmont valley and the Cheviot hills.
It is built on the site of the last thatched church in Scotland, a long low building, thatched with reeds, with the floor below ground level. The site was probably occupied by a parish Church for over 800 years.

Major building work took place in 1933-34, 1973, 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2015.

Yetholm Church has undergone a total internal makeover and now offers flexible open space for worship and hospitality.The light open feel, the stain glass, the wonderful seasonal banners all contribute to a relaxed sense of peace as we worship Sunday by Sunday.



Worship is weekly at 10.00am with wheelchair access and a loop system.


Yetholm Project

The building has been transformed into a fully equipped modern sanctuary. The Yetholm Project seeks to maximise the potential of this sacred space or pilgrims, walkers, villagers and worshippers. We seek to develop as a hub on St Cuthbert's Way and with our friends in Bedale top and tail the Pennine Way as a spiritual resource. The opportunities to take advantage of the new facilities are endless. We have been developing relations with border churches in Scotland and England following the remembrance of Flodden 500 and we hope this will bear fruit soon. The church offers endless possibilities for hospitality, culture and heritage.

Yetholm Parish

Yetholm is a small rural parish covering the twin villages of Kirk and Town Yetholm and its immediate surrounding farms. It is a lively popular place enjoying its own Festival Week with one of the Border's favourite Common Ridings. It has its own Primary School ( shops and garage. It is well known amongst walkers being at the end of the Pennine way. Kirk Yetholm was once the centre of Gypsy culture in the north and the crowning of the Gypsy kings and queens is widely remembered. Yetholm's story is well documented by Bordernet and her life today by Yetholm Online

Yetholm Kirk
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