Tyne and Wear HER(284): Gateshead, Church Street, Church of St. Mary - Details
Title of image: St Marys Church, Gateshead
Description: Built between 12th and 14th centuries (with a tower rebuilt in 1740), St Mary's church was the only Anglican church in Gateshead until 1825. Until the late 18th century all baptisms in the town were performed here. It was the only place to get married before 1825 or buried before 1811. Although for centuries it was the centre of life in the town, it was severely damaged by the fire of 1854 and again in 1979. It lay empty for some years and was deconsecrated. The building is now home to Gateshead Heritage @ St Mary's.
Location/Collection: Gateshead Libraries/Gateshead Local Studies Image Collection
Accession number: GL011169
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Gateshead, Church Street, Church of St. Mary
Religious Ritual and Funerary
The church is of Norman origin - the evidence includes the hoodmould of the south door of the nave decorated by the nutmeg motif. There are signs of many later additions, alterations and replacements, particularly in the 12th, 14th and 15th centuries. Later restoration work occurred in 1740, c. 1773, 1838-9, 1854 & 1874-5. LISTED GRADE 1
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