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Wallsend, Holy Cross Church
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Place of Worship
Most of the building is probably mid 12th century in origin, with later additions and modifications. It was the parochial chapel of Wallsend in the parish of Jarrow, property of the prior and convent of Durham, as confirmed by Henry II. Except at the south-west corner, the walls stand only 3-5 courses high. Inside there remain the base of the font and 3 gravestones, all uncovered in 1909. The church ceased to be used at the end of the 18th century and fell into ruin, but was excavated and consolidated in 1909. SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT AND LISTED GRADE 1.
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