NZ2464 : The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas
The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas
The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas has never had a monastic cloister or a cathedral close separating it from the town around it, because for 800 years from its founding in 1080, it was just a parish church. The first reference to the dedication of the church to St. Nicholas dates from 1194. The original wooden building was rebuilt in stone at around this time. Towards the end of the 14th C, the walls were heightened and a clerestory inserted. With the addition of the tower and crown by the end of the end of the 15th C, the church was in very much the same form as we know it today.

In 1553 an attempt was made to create a City of Newcastle incorporating Gateshead and dividing the see of Durham by creating a bishopric of Newcastle based at St. Nicholasís. But on her accession, Queen Mary reversed the legislation. The church only became a cathedral over 300 years later (see below). In 1736, a larger vestry and a library were built against the south wall. In 1783, in order to make the church resemble a cathedral, most of its furnishings, tombs and monuments were removed. Following the creation of the new diocese in 1882, the interior, particularly the chancel, was much altered. Nearly all of the stained glass windows are 19th C.

{Source: Guide to The Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne.}

[Almost all of the exterior photos of the cathedral on Geograph have been submitted for NZ2463. The satellite image and OS grid on the "Where's The Path 3" website LinkExternal link show that parts of the cathedral lie in NZ2463, NZ2464, NZ2563 and NZ2564. As more of the building seems to be in NZ2464 than in any of the other three grid squares, I've decided to submit my photos of the interior for NZ2464.]
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Tuesday, 27 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 24 July, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2495 6401 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2490 6402
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