South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Churches and chapels #5.

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Whitburn Parish Church, near South Shields

Whitburn Parish Church

Another church that I visited during the recent Heritage Open Days weekend was Whitburn Parish Church, just outside of South Shields, unusually it is not dedicated to any particular saint.

The church is a longstanding historic landmark in the village having been on the present site since before 1245 ad, that’s the first recorded date of the installation of a Rector, there was a Rector before this date but unfortunateley we do not know when he took the post. At least we know that the church in Whitburn is at least 763 years old!

Another unusual feature to this small church is the ever so small mistake in it’s construction, if you look closely at floor level you will notice that the chancel is slightly offset to the left compared to the nave.

In the churchyard you will find the Williamson family tomb. Sir Hedworth Williamson, seventh Baronet, was a Whig and Liberal MP for Sunderland 1831-2 and 1847, and a great benefactor to the local community, his family occupied Whitburn Hall for many years before it was destroyed by fire and demolished in 1980. The title became extinct on the death of the tenth Baronet in 2000.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/60 second, f4, iso 800


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Written by curly

September 17, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. Curly, your church photos are wonderfully interesting. Lots of variety and good photos of the interiors.


    September 17, 2008 at 3:13 am

  2. i walked down there in 1986
    bloody long time ago


    September 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm

  3. Great photo and another interesting story. Lovely church. Shame the old house burned to the ground. You must have had a very busy weekend!

    S Wilson

    September 17, 2008 at 11:13 pm

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