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The parish church

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St. Hilda's church, South Shields

St. Hilda’s, South Shields

St. Hilda’s church has stood on one side of the Market Place in South Shields for far longer than the town itself has existed as a modern entity, there has been a church on this site since 647 ad. St Hild’s Church was founded in South Shields by St Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne on 15 acres of land endowed by King Oswin, with Hild,  a nun, in charge of the work. Hild was born Princess Hild in 614 and was brought up in the court of her uncle Edwin of Northumbria, she went on to become Abbess of Whitby and she died at the age of 66 in 680.

The church in South Shields was rebuilt by the Normans in around 1100 and was rebuilt again in 1812, in 1845 it became the parish church of South Shields.


Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/15 second, f5.6, iso 800


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Written by curly

April 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. What an exquisite sight, Curly. I know everyone who attends appreciates its beauty. At least I hope they do.


    April 19, 2009 at 1:57 am

  2. Hey, that’s my church! 😀

    It was only because of CDP that I found out that there was a St. Hilda out there.

    It’s a lovely church. I like how the wooden pews are so shiny because of much use. The stained glass windows look gorgeous too. And is that powder blue dome over it cameo? I can’t tell for sure.


    April 19, 2009 at 3:40 am

  3. It is lovely. It is quite colorful which is a contrast to the warm wood. What a pretty church.


    April 20, 2009 at 1:07 am

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