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Art and Architecture

Kirkharle St Wilfrid

Our churches are rich in architecture and decorative arts. Whether you simply enjoy the pleasure of lovely places and visual delights, or have an eye for the finer points of building styles, monuments and art in glass, wood or stone, there is plenty to wonder at and enjoy.

The medieval period is well represented, including stone carvings of the Magi at St Gregory’s at Kirknewton, tombs and figures of warrior families at St Peter’s in Chillingham, St Mary’s in Staindrop, and the “Lumley Warriors” at St Mary and St Cuthbert’s in Chester-le-Street - to name just a few!

Church windows are colourful story-books! Here is a short video introduction to church windows - made for children but rather fun for anyone to enjoy!

The art of glass has a very long history - indeed first stained glass in England was produced in the 7th century at the former monastery at St Peter’s in Monkwearmouth. Look for local saints, heroes and Bible stories – some familiar, others mysterious to modern eyes. Magnificent modern work is well worth seeing, for example Hexham Abbey’s “Tyrrell Window” (2012) and the new “Hartley Memorial” windows (2013) at St Alban’s Church in Earsdon.

Other artistic gems include the Arts and Crafts splendours of St. Andrew’s in Roker, St George’s in Jesmond, Newcastle, and St Chad’s in Gateshead, and contemporary sculpture by Fenwick Lawson: “The Journey” at St Mary’s, Lindisfarne and “Christ Ascending” at St Michael & All Angels at Houghton-le-Spring.  Some churches host regular art events, including the Sanctuary Artspace at St Edmund’s in Gateshead and St Augustine’s in Alston, Cumbria.

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    Porch in bloom
    Church
    Whickham

    St. Mary's has been at the heart of the community for many centuries and is an important historic treasure of Tyneside.

    St Mary the Virgin at Longframlington
    Church
    Longframlington

    St Mary’s dating from 1190, has a fine Norman chancel arch, as well as good Victorian stained glass, and a carved altar and font cover from the early 20th century.  It is at the centre of a thriving Christian community, with a community room completed in 2012 attached to the north wall.

    St James the Great's Church
    Church
    Morpeth

    St James is a fine Victorian church in Morpeth. It’s open every day, so come and see it.

    All Saints Exterior
    Church
    Cleadon

    Fine examples of stained glass by two artists and artwork on the walls from one of these and another artist.

    Exterior of St Oswald's
    Church
    Durham

    A 12th-century church with fine stained glass, woodwork, sculpture and bells, and a beautiful and interesting churchyard.

    St Gregorys Church in Kirknewton
    Church
    Kirknewton

    'More to this church than meets the eye' (Pevsner). A site of Christian worship since the 11th century or earlier, the chancel and south transept date from the late 15th century.

    Exterior of St George's in Jesmond
    Church
    Jesmond

    St. George’s, Jesmond, a Grade I listed nineteenth century church is ‘one of the outstanding ecclesiastical buildings in the north of England’.

    Exterior of St James & St Basil
    Art and Architecture
    Fenham

    J’s and B’s is a beautiful Arts and Crafts church built in 1931, open daily for prayer and reflection. 

    Sunderland Minster
    Church
    Sunderland

    A beautiful serene example of an ancient church surviving in a modern age with something for everyone to enjoy and nice friendly staff who are more than happy to help.

    Sunny Day at Ingram
    Church
    Alnwick

    A beautiful church set in a large rural churchyard, an ideal place for quiet meditation.

    St Michael & All Angels Church
    Church
    Houghton-le-Spring

    This stunning ancient parish church is a place of revelation, hope and encounter where you will find 1000 years of Christianity and 4000 years of human history.

    St Chad's
    Church
    Bensham

    This hidden treasure was built as a cathedral for working people. Very beautiful, with a lovely atmosphere.

    St Peter's at Monkwearmouth
    Church
    Sunderland

    The monastery and original home of the Venerable Bede, monk and scholar, AD 674.

    All Saints at Ryal
    Church
    Ryal

    A simple but beautiful little country church, with some ancient Norman gravestones embedded in the wall.

    St Andrew's in Newcastle
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    An oasis of peace in a truly wonderful historic church hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    St Thomas' from the East
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    Church was built 1915, stone built with Westmorland slate roof, Bellcote with one bell.  Nave and chancel, one aisle.  Nelson organ.

    Beautiful Day at St Michael's
    Church
    Ford

    A church in a magnificent setting with a fine view of the Cheviot and Flodden hill from the porch. The building dates from the 13th century and has always been closely associated with Ford Castle and whoever owned it.

    High House Chapel and Museum
    Church
    Bishop Auckland

    High House Chapel is the oldest purpose built Methodist Chapel in continuous use since it was built in 1760.

    Newbiggin Methodist Chapel
    Church
    Barnard Castle

    Believed to be the oldest Methodist chapel in the world in continuous use, whose history is inextricably linked with the rise and decline of lead mining in Teesdale.

    Exterior of All Saints, Lanchester
    Church
    Lanchester

    Founded 1147. Roman pillars and altar. Mediaeval glass & misericords. Squinch arch. Locomotive pioneer. Mice galore and much more!

    Whitworth Parish Church
    Church
    Spennymoor

    First mentioned in 1183 in the Bolden Book. Rebuilt in the 19th C. Two 13th C stone effigies of a knight in armour and his lady. Birthplace and burial place of Bonnie Bobby Shafto.

    Autumn Scene of St Cuthberts
    Church
    Greenhead

    Originally designed by John Dobson, a church with an interesting spire and Kempe Glass.

    St John the Baptist, Newcastle
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    St John's is one of the oldest churches in the city. It is open daily and welcomes visitors from all over the world.

    Lantern Tower
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    A medieval church building with a spectacular lantern tower, located in the heart of the city, with lots to discover inside.

    St Mary Magdalene in the snow
    Church
    Whalton

    Largely medieval church displaying the evolution of a well-developed 13thC church from a Norman core. Carvings in stonework and a turret clock dated 1796.

    Our Lady at Delaval
    Church
    Seaton Delaval

    A small, serene, historic church, which is more than 900 years old and is still in use regularly for Sunday services and weddings etc.

    St Nicholas Churchyard
    Church
    Gosforth

    A beautiful church, over 200 years old but on a very old site dating back to Saxon times.

    St Mary's Church and Churchyard at Holy Island
    Church
    Holy Island

    The oldest building on Holy Island, the only building that retains work from the Saxon period. It is very likely that St. Aidan worshipped on this site from arriving in 635 AD.

    Exterior of St Edmunds
    Church
    Gateshead

    St Edmund's is a rare example of a 13th century pilgrim's chapel and is also the home of a new gallery, Sanctuary Artspace.

    Holy Cross
    Church
    Haltwhistle

    Beautiful ancient church with fabulous stained glass.

    Interior of St John the Baptist's Church
    Church
    Egglescliffe

    Our church is 800 years old. It has some interesting woodwork which is 350 years old.

    St Thomas the Apostles Church
    Church
    Stanhope

    Historic St Thomas’ Church and fossil tree is in Stanhope, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    St Peters Church in Bywell
    Church
    Bywell

    See the tower through the gates. Come inside the Norman building. See lancet windows, stone carvings, a village school room, and fire damaged walls outside.

    A view of Rothbury
    Church
    Rothbury

    An ancient and interesting Church, full of historical information, a quite, peaceful  sanctuary.

    Listed 18th Century Tombstone
    Church
    Lowick

    Visitors, sometime from as far away as Australia and the USA have described the church in the visitors book as ‘impressive’ and ‘lovely; they admire the particular peaceful quality of the building.

    St Andrew's Roker
    Church
    Roker

    Consecrated 1907, known as the Arts & Crafts Cathedral of the North.  Contains Tapestry by Burne Jones, Carpet by William Morris, Stained glass windows by Paine. The altar can be seen from all points of church.

    Church
    Church
    Ellingham

    Ellingham Parish Church is situated in the woodland East of the village of Ellingham – you may just see the tower above the trees as you approach.

    St Mary the Virgin at Shincliffe
    Church
    Durham

    St Mary’s is a charming mid-nineteenth century village church on the outskirts of Durham.

    Arial View of Hexham Abbey
    Church
    Hexham

    Situated in the heart of the market town of Hexham, Hexham Abbey is one of the most-visited free attractions in the North East and has a new visitor centre, an interactive exhibition, cafe, and shop.

    St Mungo's Church
    Church
    Hexham

    Beautiful 13th century church with a long history of worship by local families through the centuries.

    St Andrew's RC Church
    Church
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    St Andrew’s (Worswick Street) is a historic Roman Catholic church in the heart of the city centre. It is a fine example of mid-Victorian Roman Catholic church architecture.

    St Mary the Virgin Church in Ovingham
    Church
    Ovingham

    Late Saxon West Tower, 12th Century porch, original long lancet windows at east end.

    St Helen's Church
    Church
    Low Fell

    A beautiful Victorian church built in 1876 with awesome stained glass windows, a fantastic roof and a great historic organ.

    Outside St Lawrences Church in Warkworth
    Church
    Warkworth

    Medieval church with Saxon foundation (737 AD), remarkable vaulted chancel. Also Hermitage nearby.

    Church
    North Shields

    A rare church built on the orders of Cromwell’s Commissioners during the Commonwealth which has grown and developed over 350 years to be a stunning example of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

    Tunstall Chapel
    Church
    Durham

    Durham Castle has two chapels. The Norman Chapel is older than the cathedral, with unusual carvings.

    Beautiful Glass Font Bowl
    Church
    Durham

    Our Church warmly welcomes you to meet with God and share in worship and fellowship with us.

    Holy Trinity at Horsley
    Church
    Horsley

    Built in 1844 by 2nd Lord Redesdale - architects J & B Green. Important estate church with strong links to the Mitford family.

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