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NZ0516SW NEWGATE 770-1/6/159 (South side) 24/02/50 Church of St Mary (Formerly Listed as: Parish Church of St. Mary)


Parish church. C12-C14 with Perpendicular windows. Alterations c1680 when south porch removed; 1814 repairs included renewal of east window, rebuilding south wall of chancel removing 4 lancets; 1868-70 repairs: closing of west door, removal of galleries, rebuilding east end of north arcade and east window, and insertion of new clerestory windows by FRN Haswell of North Shields; 1873-4 restoration by CH Fowler included rebuilding tower. 1908 restoration and enlargement of chancel in 1908 by A Jackson; St Margaret chapel by JC Smith dedicated 1957. MATERIALS: rubble; tower of coursed squared stone, with ashlar dressings; most roof not visible, some with graduated stone slates. PLAN: chancel with north Lady chapel and vestry and south organ chamber, aisled nave with transepts, north porch with blocked door, north-west tower porch, and south door. EXTERIOR: blocked priest's door in east wall of south transept. Diagonal buttresses to chancel, angle at other corners. North chancel windows are Norman. Restored Perpendicular tracery in most other windows; 2-centred arches to east window with 5 lights and to original 3-light east window in south transept. Others have straight heads. 5-stage tower with pointed arch to double boarded north doors, 2-light pointed arch above, blank third stage and clock in fourth; belfry with paired louvred 2-centred arches; pinnacles to angles and sides. Late C12 south door of 3 orders with zigzag and nailhead mouldings. Battlements to all roofs except vestry, most low-pitched. INTERIOR: 6 steps up to chancel with partly restored Perpendicular arch, with double hollow chamfers with Tudor flowers, on responds with battlemented abaci; head-stopped hoodmould. Deep splays to round-headed north windows; panelled walls with wrought-iron fittings. Rood-loft door and corbels. Nave 3-bay north arcade lengthened to 4 bays, with round arches on round piers, with square capitals, 2 with spurs, half-octagonal west respond and east corbel shaft. 4-bay south arcade with hoodstring to double chamfered 2-centred arches on octagonal piers. Low pitched roof, restored with cusped ridge in nave; original chancel roof. North transept has piscina high in east wall; niche containing sculpture of man and swine, perhaps St Anthony - which was removed from the south corner of Newgate to Spring Lodge and thence here. Tall, wide, octagonal font of fossil carboniferous limestone, said to be Teesdale `marble', with alpha and omega and elaborate mason's marks carved on sides. Blocked north door has double-chamfered pointed arch with broach stops, abaci with incised zigzag, and inserted window dated 1864. MEMORIALS: north transept has C14 effigy of Robet de Morton, vicar of Gainford, with bird, lion and chalice; traceried wood tower screen is WWI memorial. North aisle has 1899-1902 South African War memorial to the 3rd Militia Battalion D.L.I., signed Keswick School of Industrial Arts, with low relief bronze and enamel plaque in marble frame. Many other high quality memorials, especially those transferred to tower which include large monument with Perpendicular canopy over female figure, to Sir John Hullock, judge, 1767-1829, signed Westmacott; and others by Green of Newcastle, Jopling of Gateshead, Skelton of Yorkshire, Ross of Richmond. STAINED GLASS: much high quality C19 stained glass, including some in style of Kempe in chancel; c1912 north transept window to F Cullis and E Richardson, with delicate quarries, flowers, fruit and sweeping skies; c1878 north aisle window, south transept window has grisaille with inset brilliant pictures; c1890 south aisle west window to T Richardson: Christ Preaching, with fine faces, tree, lake, sky. (Typescript notices inside church).

Listing NGR: NZ0507516276

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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 11 Apr 2002
Reference: IOE01/04868/22
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Derek Le Mare. Source Historic England Archive
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