Originally built in AD 674, the Abbey was built up during the 12th Century into its current form, with additions around the turn of the 20th Century.Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537, the Abbey has been the parish church of Hexham.About 1050 one Eilaf was put in charge of Hexham, although as treasurer of Durham, he probably never came there.The Hexham wolf (also called the Allendale wolf or the Wolf of Allendale) was a grey wolf that escaped from a zoo and killed livestock in Hexham and Allendale, Northumberland during the winter of 1904.In 2014 the Abbey regained ownership of its former monastic buildings, which had been used as Hexham magistrates' court, and subsequently developed them into a permanent Exhibition and Visitor centre, telling the story of the Abbey's history.Onsite there is also a Refectory Café and gift shop, catering to over 100,000 visitors each year.
The remains of two flues from the former smelting mill (between Allendale and Catton) run to chimneys up on the fells high above the village."It was great, everyone was so friendly and made you feel so comfortable," said Jess, 20, of Cockermouth."It was scary before I got there but once I was there and filming started you forgot you were naked.She now works part-time at a pub in a nearby village.The show was filmed in Media City, Manchester, at the end of March, and broadcast at the weekend. Download: Season Brochure Apr - Aug 17 Opening hours are 10.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am - 4.00pm Saturday plus one hour prior to a performance.