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St. Hildas Church, South Shields

The Church of St. Hilda

St. Hilda’s Church in South Shields Market Place is a familiar landmark to locals and to visitors. There has been a church stood there continually since 647 AD and the present church is the Parish Church of South Shields.

This is the view of the nave and the rather ornate altar and apse.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/8 second, f5.6, iso 800


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Written by curly

August 21, 2009 at 12:06 am

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  1. Interesting point to those who care!! The statue of the Virgin Mary at the extreme left of the picture originally stood in the Church of St Francis in Garwood Street, South Shields. In the same church was a statue of St Francis and when the lovely little church in Garwood Street closed in the 1970’s, St Francis moved up to Northumberland to the Friary of St Francis in Alnmouth.


    August 21, 2009 at 1:21 am

  2. Beautiful photograph of a beautiful church!


    August 21, 2009 at 1:56 am

  3. Amazing details! A little too ornate for my taste, but magnificent nevertheless.


    August 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

  4. A great looking church. Seems at odds with the ethos of Christianity of living simply and without pleasure.


    August 21, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    • Not too sure that the ethos of Christianity means living simply and without pleasure. Didn’t Jesus say something like, “I come to bring you life in all it’s fulness.”? Another aspect, of course is that we should worship God in the beauty of holiness and if this is the case, I cannot see that having a church like St Hilda’s is at odds with the ethos of the Church. I do not attend the Parish Church of South Shields but on the occasions that I have visited I have always been impressed with the magnificent look of the building which is portrayed in the photograph.


      August 22, 2009 at 8:47 am

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