Churches and chapels #5.
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