Wingrove Road North
Tyne & Wear
St James and St Basil’s is regarded as being amongst the great churches of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Sir James Knott, a wealthy local ship builder, funded the building of the church in memory of his sons, James and Henry Basil Knott, who died in the First World War. They are remembered in the stain glass windows of the chapel. It is said to have been built with stone from Dobson’s 1830 Newcastle prison, in Carliol Square. Consecrated in June 1931, it is grade II listed.
Inside, the church has windows designed by Edward Woore. Around the south and north windows of the church, pats of Psalm of 104 are depicted. "God causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: and wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart." The organ was built for the new church by J W Walker and Sons, and has one of only two Celestial organs in the country. The organ pipes are located high above the church, the main organ in the north nave of the church, and the ‘celestial’ pipes in the south aisle. The sound is unique, and greatly admired. The church was built for music, and the building seems to ‘sing’ during concerts and occasional services of evensong. Today, the Church of England church has a multi-generational congregation, inclusive and welcoming of all. See our website at www.jamesandbasil.org.uk for details of services; we would be delighted if you could join us.
|Open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. 7.45am to 1pm on Sunday.|
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