All Saints Church, Newcastle upon Tyne
Found this wonderful steep uphill flight of stairs on my day out from South Shields. It leads from the junction of King Street and Queen Street and up to the foot of Pilgrim Street and the eliptical All Saints church with it’s prominent spire at the top of Aikenside Hill.
The church was built between 1789 and 1796 adjacent to Butcher’s Bank (where there were more than thirty odd butchers.).
There is a fascinating history attached to the church, which you can read here.
I was struck by the fact that they suffered a “hurricane” on December 16th, 1814 which commenced in the morning, and continued with great violence during the day, part of the parapet wall, which surrounds the roof of the church, was blown into Silver Street. About the same time also, the under sash of one of the gallery windows, immediately west of the steeple, was forced out of its place, and being carried, by the force of the wind, over the gallery, without touching any part of it, fell on the pews, in the centre of the ground-floor. The expense of rebuilding the battlement, with some other repairs made at the time, amounted to £130.
A hurricane? In the UK? Perhaps they were prone to a little exaggeration.
Back to the picture, I thought immediately of the film The Exorcist when I looked up those steps, and knew straight away that it needed to be black and white or toned, and I guess it was just pure luck that there was only one artificial light showing through the buildings on eother side of Queen Street,
Please remember to also visit Newcastle upon Tyne Daily Photo.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/250 second, f9.5, iso 200