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It is only in 1178 that any solid reference to a church at Haltwhistle is made. Before this time we can but surmise that Aidan and Paulinus had links to Haltwhistle.
After the Battle of Heavenfield in 635 in which Oswald the Christian king of Northumbria defeated the heathen armies of Penda and Cadwallon Aidan was sent from Iona to convert Northumbria. It is suggested that Aidan's ministry in Haltwhistle is preserved in the place name of 'Edens Lawn', which lies to the west of the church, probably taken from the Celtic 'Llan Aidan'.