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Cathedral church of St. Nicholas

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Cathedral church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne’s cathedral

The  church of St. NIcholas is one of England’s smaller cathedrals but sits in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne’s more historic district near to the castle keep and the quayside and once enclosed within the city walls. Unlike other cathedral churches in other cities, it was not the home of a monastic order and does not have cloisters or a cathedral close separating it from life around it. Until 1882 it was merely the parish church of Newcastle, yet the first wooden church dedicated to St. Nicholas stood on this site as early as 1194. The current building has changed very little in appearance since the fifteenth century, in this view we can see the choir and chancel designed by architect Robert J. Johnson.

Whilst I was there I had a long conversation with the Verger who hailed from Jarrow and knew much about the history of South Shields, I found him to be a very interesting and knowledgeable man.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/8 second, f3.5, iso 800

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Written by curly

April 8, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Curly, did you see the painting of the dragon while you were in there? It’s on the north wall and is kinda cool.

    Also, under the statue of Queen Victoria outside, there is a plague pit with the bodies of over 300 bubonic plague victims!

    Cassandra

    April 8, 2009 at 12:32 am

  2. What a magnificent church! The wood and stone work is amazing! And the stained glass windows I can see peeking in the background look very interesting. Fantastic photo, thank you.

    Hilda

    April 8, 2009 at 2:36 am


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