Churches and chapels #1.
St. Nicholas, West Boldon
This weekend encompasses a series of Heritage Open Days around South Shields and South Tyneside where we are encouraged to visit some of the historical buildings representing our heritage. Some of them are not generally open to the public during the daytime, especially some of our older churches which are now kept locked except for worship.
The church of St. Nicholas in West Boldon was built around 1200 ad and sits on a hill top, which makes it visible from many parts of South Shields. It’s position and high location give the impression of a large church but in reality it is quite small inside and has seen some remodelling over the past 800 years or so. However it’s stained glass windows are veritable works of art and a testament to the craftsmen of the 1800s.
This is the “Wilson window” dedicated to the memory of Mary Ann, wife of J.J. Wilson, the Parish Clerk of Boldon who died in 1889, also their only son John Baty Wilson, Solicitor, who died at the age of thirty in 1887.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 45mm lens, 1/125 second, f5.6, iso 800