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St Nicholas Cathedral is the principal church of the most northerly diocese of England, set in the great northern, Northumberland City of Newcastle. It is a lovely old building, the architecture mostly dating from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. There has been a Christian church on this site for over 900 years, (people have worshiped here since AD 1091), but St Nicholas Church only became a cathedral in 1882 for the new Diocese of Newcastle. The present, mainly 14th and 15th century church, is probably the at least the 4th church on the site.

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The elaborate pinnacled tower of Newcastle Cathedral (built 1448) for over five hundred years acted as a navigation point for ships on the River Tyne. The elaborate crown structure, acting as the spire base, was constructed ~1435-1470.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The great tower looks down on the busy city streets of Newcastle.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The nicely painted gold and red clock on the tower.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: View of the tower from the Castle Keep.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Looking east down the nave to the rood screen, chancel, altar and east window.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Looking from the nave into the north aisle.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The nave, north aisle, rood screen and chancel & choir beyond.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Looking down the nave to the rood screen and the south aisle on the right

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Looking through the rood screen to the choir stalls, the high altar and east window. Beyond the high altar screen (19th century Reredos) depicts Christ in Majesty, with the Archangel Gabriel, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Nicholas with other figures of Northern Saints.

 

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Details of the chancel, altar and rood screen of St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle

 

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Looking towards the altar from the choir stalls with their fine 19th century carvings by Ralph Hedley who produced an amazing array of figures, symbols and designs including misericords and the elaborate end heads of the choir stall pews!.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: In the foreground, the choir stalls and beyond the high altar, Reredos and east window.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The high altar, Reredos and east window

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The rood screen and south transept

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The 19th century pulpit is carved from Uttoxeter stone (a sort of marble I think?).

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The pulpit The figures on the pulpit portray Saint Philip, Saint Barnabas, Saint Paul, Saint Peter and Saint John the Baptist.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Admiral Collingwood memorial of 1810 by Rossi, with the bust set on a high pedestal.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The tomb of Admiral Lord Collingwood. Admiral Lord Collingwood was a friend and colleague of Lord Nelson and Collingwood was baptized and married in St Nicholas Church. After Nelson's death during the battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805, it was Collingwood who successfully concluded victorious battle against the French fleet.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The bust on Collingwood on his memorial.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The early 15th century font and 15th century oak cover - a beautifully and elaborately carved wooden canopy, with much Gothic tracery, gables, pinnacles, foliage and crockets in the design.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The octagonal marble stone font with carved coats or arms (six associated with the Rhodes family). Each of the eight sides has concave sides and a shield on them.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Some of the many fine stained glass windows

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: A rather more modern stained glass window which I find as attractive as any in the Cathedral.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The 15th century St George's Chapel contains many stained glass windows, a number of which celebrate Northumberland people famous for achievements in technology and politics. The three-light window depicting St Clement with an anchor, St Nicholas, patron saint of sailors, and St Dunstan patron saint of metalworkers.  The Laing memorial window - see details of the three lower panels below.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: In memory of Andrew Laing C.B.E., industrialist and shipbuilder of Tyneside. The ship is the Mauritania. Laing's interests in energy, shipbuilding and oil are illustrated in panels below showing oil wells, RMS 'Mauritania' 1907 (above with victor's wreath and blue ribbons) and local coal-mining headstocks.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Coal pit illustrated

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Oil wells illustrated

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Memorial to Edward, Viscount Grey of Fallodon, K.G. One of his favourite scenes? Spelling? Falloden? Lovely scenes (also below) with various surrounding birds and animals.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: On the left, the 1860 Great East stained glass window by the Newcastle stained glass artist William Wailes, and, on the right in the Ascension Chapel, the modern stained glass window of 1962 by Leonard Evetts

 

St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: Details of the modern (1962) Ascension Chapel stained glass window.

 

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Thornton Brass, originally in All Saints Church, is probably the largest memorial brass in England, and one of the finest. Thornton was Mayor of Newcastle and Member of Parliament. In its elaborate design, the brass engraving includes the central figures of Roger Thornton and his wife Agnes Thorton received into heaven, their children and many apostles and saints! The Thornton Brass is dated 1441 and one of the largest in Britain.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Thornton Brass - the lower smaller central figures. Roger Thorton was a great benefactor to the town of Newcastle. He became a very successful business merchant and gave much money towards charitable deeds. One of his gifts to the church was the Great East window. Roger Thorton was Mayor of Newcastle three times, the last time in the reign of Henry V. He dies in 1429 and was buried in what was at the time, the medieval building of All Saints Church. On his altar tomb was placed this very splendid Flemish Brass with its beautifully engraved figures. His wife Agnes, who died in 1411, bore him fourteen children, seven sons and seven daughters.

 

St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Thornton Brass - the small figures at the bottom of the brass are their seven sons and seven daughters. Down the sides and middle are numerous saints.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Thornton Brass - the inscription down the side and the upper figure of Agnes Thornton.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Thornton Brass - detail of Roger Thornton, hands held in prayer.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The Thornton Brass - the figures and inscription at the bottom of the brass. The translation of the inscription around the edges of the Thornton Brass reads "Here lies mistress Agnes formerly wife of Roger Thorton who died on St Katherine's Eve in the year of our Lord 1411. May God have mercy amen. Here lies Roger Thornton merchant of Newcastle upon Tyne who died in the year of our Lord 1429 on the 3rd day of January.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: The memorial monument to Henry Askew and Dorothy Askew by Webber in 1801, consisting of a group of allegorical figures by an urn.

 

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St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle: A selection of the 19th century misericords

 

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The Cafe of St Nicholas Cathedral is quite a splendid richly decorated hall!

 

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The Queen Victoria monument in St Nichols Square

 

Opposite St Nicholas Cathedral is the Old Post Office in St Nicholas Street, Newcastle, built in the 1870s.

 

 


NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD area picture index: webpage & (section) 1. Newcastle-upon-Tyne-Gateshead area (1) River Tyne and Bridges * 2. Newcastle-Gateshead area (2) Sage Theatre & Concert Hall & Baltic Arts Centre Gateshead * 14a. Newcastle area (3) Some buildings in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne * 15. Newcastle area(4) Some 'artwork' and the Laing Art Gallery * 23. Newcastle area (5) The Angel of the North * 37. Newcastle area (6) The Black gate and Castle Keep * 38. Newcastle area (7) The Cathedral * 39. Newcastle (8) Hancock Museum of the North * 40. Newcastle (9) Bessie Surtees House * 41. Newcastle-Gateshead (10) More Churches, Medieval Walls, Gateshead Tourist Information Centre  * 52. Newcastle (11) The Discovery Museum - History of Tyneside * 53. Newcastle (12) St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral and All Saints Church * 14b Newcastle (13) The Central Arcade and Holy Jesus Hospital SEE ALSO NE page 31a Jarrow (1) Bede's World * 31b Jarrow (2) St Peter's Church, Monastery * 35a. Tynemouth (1) Town and Castle * 35b. Tynemouth (2) The Priory * 36. Belsay Hall and Belsay Castle


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