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All saints Church, Newcastle upon Tyne

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

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Written by curly

March 6, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Beautiful photos – thank you for sharing.

    Marlene

    March 6, 2009 at 2:15 am

  2. Off subject…
    Hi Curly, you said you’d like some interior shots of The Mining Institute over on Newcastle Daily Photo. I’ve uploaded a dozen or so (in a zip file) onto box.net
    http://www.box.net/shared/8qutty1sg5
    (email me if it doesn’t work….it’s the first time I’ve tried it!)

    mo

    March 6, 2009 at 9:23 am

  3. Of course we get hurricanes in the UK! There was one in Surrey/Sussex in 1986 (or 1987). I remember it because my roof caved in.

    David

    March 6, 2009 at 12:36 pm

  4. October 1987 – remember Michael Fish the weatherman who said something like ‘nah we don’t get Hurricanes’.

    We were staying in the Kings Cross Hotel and travelling down to Southampton that day.. trees down in London, no trains, buses from Victoria got to Southampton by a circuitous route due to buildings, trees et al down, and that was Middlesex, Hampshire and everything other county in that neck of the woods.

    So I beleive they had a hurricane.

    My Great Great Grandparents were married in All Saints.

    Mrs K

    March 6, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  5. I have run up and down those steps. Hurricanes are not something we get here.

    babooshka

    March 6, 2009 at 11:41 pm

  6. Babooshka

    “December 16, a most violent hurricane did great damage to the churches and several dwelling-houses in Newcastle. The river came rolling down like a sea, and the spray was carried by the wind into the lower parts of the town, where it fell like a shower of rain. The ships at the Quay were obliged to strike their topgallant-masts. A sailor, in performing this duty, was blown from the mast, and, falling upon the deck, was killed instantly.”

    Visit British History on line.

    http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43321&strquery=1814

    Mrs K

    March 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm

  7. Meant to add

    The UK has weather – not a climate – so anything is possible here.

    Mrs K

    March 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm


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