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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Bridges, Gateshead

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Latitude: 54.9671 / 54°58'1"N

Longitude: -1.6041 / 1°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 425445

OS Northings: 563680

OS Grid: NZ254636

Mapcode National: GBR SQN.5T

Mapcode Global: WHC3R.BDDZ

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 26 April 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1248544

English Heritage Legacy ID: 430192

Location: Gateshead, NE8

County: Gateshead

Electoral Ward/Division: Bridges

Built-Up Area: Gateshead

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Gateshead Team Ministry

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

Church of St Mary

NZ 2563 5/11 26.4.50


Large Parish Church, mainly C14 but with fragments of Norman work. Chancel much
rebuilt in C19, mainly by John Dobson. Mid C18 west tower. Attached to north
wall "The Anchorage" originally sheltered an anchoress, rebuilt in early C19 as a
school and now used as vestry.

Sandstone coursed rubble, some squared. Tower ashlar. Welsh slate roofs. Cruciform
with nave aisles, south porch, projecting west tower with arch to nave of 1876, tall
with four plain chamfers, to form baptistry in tower.

Five-bay nave with parapet, crocketed buttresses, C15 style restored windows.
Three long bays to chancel have C19 windows but traces of blocked C15 ones are
visible. Tower of three stages with quoins and cornices, curved up over clock
faces in second stage. Pedimented top stage, round arched bell openings.

Interior: Nave piers run straight into arcade arches without capitals, as at
St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle. Complete C17 paving with carved doors and
bench ends. C15 timber roof with moulded beams and joists, losses at intersections.
Carved choir stalls part C17, mostly C19. Good C19 and C20 stained glass in chancel,
and several classical memorial tablets.

"The Anchorage" has steps to first floor entrance, filled arcade below. Historical
note: There has been a church on this site since early Saxon times.

At time of survey roof partly destroyed, chancel and anchorage damaged by fire.

Listing NGR: NZ2544563679

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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