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Stella, Church of St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas



Religious Ritual and Funerary

Place of Worship

Roman Catholic Church

Early Modern


Extant Building

Stella Church was designed by the architect John Green, Who also designed the Grey Column (1837-8), The Theatre Royal Newcastle (1836-7), the Literary and Philosophical Society building (1822-1825), Penshaw Monument (1844) and many others. It is a Gothic structure which buttresses and narow lights, originally 68 feet long by 33.5 feet broad with a plain interior. The tower was 50 feet high and was ornamented with a turret containing a library and was the residence of the chaplain. It was built of good ashlar stone and the presbytery was gabled and the turrets castellated. In 1849 the church was enlarged, probably by John Dobson, and stained glass by Pugin inserted. In 1972 the property was restored. LISTED GRADE 2




<< HER 1696 >> T. Yellowley, 1986, Stella and Blaydon Burn N. Pevsner,1983, The Buildings of England: County Durham, p 433; W. Bourn, 1896, History of the Parish of Ryton, pp 87-90; Gateshead Council, 1999, Conservation Area Policy Guidelines, Strategies and Character Statements, Path Head Conservation Area, p 55-56; [accessed 7th March 2016]

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