View of All Saints Church between rows of buildings
View of the impressive tower of All Saints Church, Newcastle upon Tyne © Historic England DP034459
View of the impressive tower of All Saints Church, Newcastle upon Tyne © Historic England DP034459

Historic England Gives £135,000 Grant for Restoration of Newcastle’s All Saints Church

Historic England has awarded £135,000 towards the repair of All Saints Church, one of Newcastle’s most prominent landmarks.

Situated above the Quayside, All Saints Church was designed by North East architect David Stephenson and completed in 1796. The Grade I listed building is admired for its rare oval design and impressive tower, which is a dominant feature of the city’s skyline.

All Saints was the parish church for Newcastle’s Quayside until it closed in 1959. In the 1970s it was sold to Newcastle City Council. Since then, it has been used as a rehearsal space for an orchestra and as an urban studies centre.

However, the building has been empty for almost a decade and has been on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register since 2012.

All Saints was facing an uncertain future until Gateshead Presbyterian Church stepped forward with a proposal to re-establish the building as a place of worship and as a venue for public events.

The Historic England grant of £135,000 grant will fund urgent repairs to the church, which will enable it to reopen its doors in October.

All Saints is a very fine building that has faced an uncertain future for many years. We’re delighted that the Gateshead Presbyterian Church has committed to bringing it back to life and that Historic England is playing a role in securing the building’s repair and future use.

David Farrington, Heritage at Risk Surveyor at Historic England
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