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Fenham, Fenham Hall Drive, Church of St. James and St. Basil



Religious Ritual and Funerary


Parish Church



Extant Building

Parish church. 1927-31 by E.E. Lofting; paid for by Sir James Knott in memory of his sons James and Basil, killed in First World War. Snecked tooled sandstone with ashlar dressings, moulded plinth and large quoins; graduated Lakeland slate roof with roll-moulded gable copings. Nave and south aisle; south-east tower; tall north vestry. Free Gothic style. Double doors, boarded and studded, in 2-centred arches, that at west moulded and shafted, that at south under corbelled shallow gable. Tall traceried windows of 2 lights to twin-gabled west front and to nave and aisle; smaller similar windows to tower south front; and 3-light windows on east of tower and in chancel, this last very tall. Aisle and nave have corbel table. Tower has 2 small windows above drip mould of east window; Lombard frieze above these; and paired belfry openings with pierced shuttering under battlements. Buttressed stair turret at south west has octagonal top with stone spirelet. Interior: plaster with ashlar dressings; king-post roof; ribbed vault to tower memorial chapel. 4-bay arcade of chamfered arches on tall octagonal columns; similar archesto chapel. Arches with Moorish wood screens on north to organ chamber; one similar arch and oriel screen,above tower chapel, for organ pipes. Corbelled arcaded stone frieze below sills. Marble-flagged chancel floor. Inlaid wood altar and retable; elaborately-carved reredos. High quality glass. Historical, note: said to be built with stone from Dobson's 1830 Newcastle prison, in Carliol Square, demolished at that time. LISTED GRADE 2




Department of National Heritage, List of Buildings of Special Architectural and Historic Interest, 8/236; North East War Memorials Project; email from Father B. Turnbull 15 October 2009

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