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The Parish Church

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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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August 21, 2009 at 12:06 am

Examination time

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South Shields Market Place

South Shields Market Place

A couple visiting South Shields Market Place examine the structure of the Old Town Hall before continuing their bargain hunting, with St.Hhilda’s church in the background.

Converted to black and white then selenium tinted in Photoshop.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/1500 second, f8, iso 200

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June 16, 2009 at 12:01 am

Hexham Abbey

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Hexham Abbey

The Parish Church of St. Andrew, Hexham

South Shields Daily Photo had an “away day” yesterday and I visited Hexham in Northumberland, about an hour’s drive from South Shields. Most of the shops were closed as it was a public holiday, which was a shame. but we spent some time in the park enjoying the warm sunshine before taking a quiet look around Hexham Abbey.

There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674.
Of Wilfrid’s Benedictine abbey, the Saxon crypt and apse still remain. In Norman times Wilfrid’s abbey was replaced by an Augustinian priory: the church you see today is mainly that building of about 1170-1250, in the Early English style of architecture.  The choir, north and south transepts and the cloisters, where canons studied and meditated, date from this period.
The east end was rebuilt in 1860 and the nave, whose walls incorporate some of the earlier church, was built in 1908.
In 1996 an additional chapel was created at the east end of the north choir aisle. Named ‘St Wilfrid’s Chapel’, it offers a place for prayer or quiet reflection.
Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537 the Abbey has been the parish church of Hexham and today is still a centre for worship and witness to the Christian faith.

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This is the view of the high altar and the fantastic 12th. century architecture and glass.

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

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May 26, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Market day

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South Shields market

South Shields Market

A busy Saturday on the market, it always seems busier when the weather is better, and all of the stalls are occupied. We can see St. Hilda’s Church in the background, where you can pop in for a cup of tea or coffee on market days. We have had a market here in South Shields for hundreds of years, regular markets are held on Mondays and Saturdays, and a “flea market” is held on Fridays, every week of the year, whatever the weather!

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 55 mm lens, 1/180 second, f8, iso 200

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May 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

Nuptial memories

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St. Mark and St. Cuthbert, South Shields

St. Mark and St. Cuthbert, South Shields

My wife and I were married in this rather modernistic church in Quarry Lane, South Shields, 21 years ago, it sits on the edge of what was once a stone quarry, now largely an area of public recreational and parkland. The garden in the foreground is a favourite place to pose the bride and groom for photographs on their wedding day, so long as the photographer chooses the correct background, behind me are a number of open football pitches!

The original St. Mark’s  church in South Shields was in Laygate, for local readers it was where the children’s playground is in St. Mark’s Avenue now, and the original St. Cuthbert’s church was in King George Road on the edge of Temple Park , it was a wooden building and it was sadly destroyed by fire in the 1960s.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/350 second, f8, iso 200

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May 14, 2009 at 12:01 am

Leading from the front

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St. George's Day, Parade, South Shields

NEVER think about what you cannot achieve!

David, this is for you.

This young man was at the head of the parade playing his part in the band from the Living Waters Church in Laygate, South Shields, as we had our annual St. George’s Day Parade and service at St. Hilda’s Church in the Market Place.

He’s a drummer and knows exactly what he is doing, he achieves what he wants in life.

I’ve known is father and grandfather for many years and have worked with both of them, I know they will be proud and happy – lovely people.

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April 27, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Wouldhave’s lifeboat

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lifeboat in St. Hilda's Church, South Shields

St. Hilda’s Church

Inside the nave of St. Hilda’s Church, South Shields hangs a model of Wouldhave’s lifeboat.

William Wouldhave, who was clerk of the parish church is accredited with the invention of the lifeboat and thus made his mark on maritime history, he lived nearby in the closely knit South Shields cobbled streets adjoining the River Tyne. His tombstone lies flat in the church’s yard and describes him as

Inventor of that invaluable blessing to mankind the Lifeboat

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 82 mm lens, 1/15 second, f5.6, iso 800

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April 20, 2009 at 12:01 am