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Newcastle upon Tyne (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
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NZ 24989 64009


NZ 2464 SE, NZ 2564 SW, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE ST NICHOLAS' STREET NZ 2463 NE, NZ 2563 NW (east side) 20/, 21/, 23/ and 24/490 Cathedral of St.Nicholas 14.6.54 G.V I Parish church; cathedral since 1882. Mostly mid C14, incorporating earlier work in N.W. crossing and north arcade; C15 tower and spire. Many alterations later include the addition of north and south porches in C19 by J. Green and Dobson. Sandstone, coursed and squared except for modern ashlar; lead-covered roofs. West tower with transepts and porches; aisled nave with south chapel; transepts; aisled chancel with north chapel and south vestry (with Thomlinson Library St. Nicholas Churchyard,q.v.). Decorated windows in transepts, south aisle and clerestory, Perpendicular elsewhere; many renewed. Renewed west and late C20 north and south doors in moulded arches, the latter under tall windows, in gabled porches. 3-stage tower has big polygonal buttresses; 5-light window above door; small 2-light windows and tall paired 2-light belfry openings in upper stages; high pierced, battlemented parapet has centre-side pinnacles and taller corner pinnacles which enclose 4 flying buttresses holding square lantern; smaller pinnacles and battlemented parapet on this surround slender octagonal spire. Interior: coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings; arch-braced panelled roofs with heraldic bosses. 4-bay nave and 4-bay chancel arcades have octagonal columns with plinths but without capitals, the triple-chamfered arches springing directly from them; high crossing arches in similar style, but chancel arch on responds with capitals. Tower has arches in similar style with 5 chamfers; ribbed vault. Head-stopped drip-moulds to arcades; string and drip-moulds to aisle; plain clerestory. Low blind arcade on south wall interrupted by chapel. Crypt in north transept has 5-mouchette window and chamfered segmental transverse ribs. Octagonal stone font with arms of Robert Rhodes, a C15 benefactor, and high crocketed cover. Pre-reformation brass eagle lectern. South chapel has medieval roundel of the Virgin and Child in each window; much C19 glass commemorating local industrialists and Grey of Falloden. Monuments: 2 medieval grave covers, one with head and feet of body depicted in 'openings ; C14 effigy of knight with shield, lamb at feet; large high-quality C15 incised brass from the grave of Roger Thornton in All Saints', on south chancel aisle wall; several C17 memorials including large sculpture of the Maddison family at prayer; Matthew Ridley, d. 1778, by J. Bacon in classical style; Admiral Collingwood, d. 1810, by Rossi; Matthew White Ridley of Blagdon Hall, died 1813, as a Roman by Flaxman; Calverly Bewicke, died 1815, by Baily; R.H. Williamson died 1835, by Dunbar; alabaster effigy of J.C. Bruce by George simmonds, dated 1896; effigy of Bishop Wilberforce, 1908, by F. W. Pomeroy.

Listing NGR: NZ2498964007


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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: 18 Apr 2003
Reference: IOE01/10377/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Bob Cottrell. Source Historic England Archive
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