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Church of St Matthew

A Grade II Listed Building in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.8578 / 54°51'27"N

Longitude: -1.4722 / 1°28'19"W

OS Eastings: 433980

OS Northings: 551569

OS Grid: NZ339515

Mapcode National: GBR LD58.2F

Mapcode Global: WHD5J.C569

Plus Code: 9C6WVG5H+44

Entry Name: Church of St Matthew

Listing Date: 15 July 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1184890

English Heritage Legacy ID: 303197

Location: Copt Hill, Sunderland, DH4

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Copt Hill

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Houghton-le-Spring

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Newbottle

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Church of St. Matthew.


Parish church. 1885-6 by Oliver and Leeson of Newcastle; porch 1888. Rock-
faced sandstone; Welsh slate roof. Nave with south porch, north and south
double transepts, apsed chancel. Early English style.4-bay nave has groups of
3 lancets; paired lancets in each transept gable; paired lancets in 3-bay
chancel and 3-sided apse; south porch has cusped arch with niche over. Roofs
high-pitched; fiat stone coping at east end of nave; small slate-covered fleche
over crossing has gablets over alternate louvres in the octagonal belfry;
cross-finials of stone at west, iron at east and on fleche. Interior plain
apart from west window: first World War memorial (in 3 paired lancets) depicts
the Call of Matthew, the Transfiguration and the Raising of the Widow's Son.
Other stained glass includes two windows in the north transept which came from
the previous church on the site (built in 1850 and demolished to make way for
the present building).
Source: C.W. English, Diocese of Durham: Parish Church of St. Matthew,
Newbottle Centenary 1850 - 1950. Manchester 1950.

Listing NGR: NZ3398051569

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