Sacred Heart Church, North Gosforth

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Sacred Heart RC Church
Location in Tyne and Wear
Location in Tyne and Wear
Sacred Heart RC Church
Location of Sacred Heart RC Church in Tyne and Wear
55°02′27″N 1°37′15″W / 55.0407°N 1.6209°W / 55.0407; -1.6209Coordinates: 55°02′27″N 1°37′15″W / 55.0407°N 1.6209°W / 55.0407; -1.6209
OS grid reference NZ2432271866
Location North Gosforth
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website http://www.sacredheartng.org.uk/
History
Former name(s) Anglican church of St Mary
Dedicated 24 June 1912
Associated people Thomas Eustace Smith
William Morris
Architecture
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 18 October 2006
Architect(s) Unknown, likely William Butterfield or one of his students
Style Early English
Completed 1860s
Administration
Parish Sacred Heart Parish, North Gosforth
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle
Clergy
Priest(s) Father Jim Dunne
Deacon(s) John Hawthorne

The Sacred Heart RC Church is a Roman Catholic church and parish in North Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Situated to the south of the village of Wideopen and north of Gosforth Park, the church is a Grade II listed building.[1] The church is notable for its stained glass windows, bearing designs by artists from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.[2]

History[edit]

St Mary's Church[edit]

The church is a 19th-century former Anglican church, built and donated by Thomas Eustace Smith in the 1860s, and named St Mary's. Use of the church fell following the more general use of St Columba's church in Seaton Burn, which was closer to most of the parish, and the church later closed.

Sacred Heart Church[edit]

The church was bought in 1911 by Bishop Richard Collins, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and endowed to the Diocese. Mass was first led by the Bishop on 28 January 1912, and the church was formally dedicated to the Sacred Heart on 24 June 1912.[3][4]

Architecture[edit]

Built in the 1860s, the church is designed in the Early English style of English Gothic architecture. The architect is unknown, but due to a number of similarities to the church of Baldersby St James in North Yorkshire, the parish believes that it is the work of William Butterfield or one of his students.[3]

Stained glass windows[edit]

The church is notable for its stained glass windows, bearing designs by Pre-Raphaelite artists Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and William Morris.[3][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sacred Heart Church, North Tyneside". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sacred Heart, Burne-Jones Windows". Sacred Heart RC Church, North Gosforth. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sacred Heart, Church History". Sacred Heart RC Church, North Gosforth. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sacred Heart Church in Gosforth to celebrate centenary". North East Life. Retrieved 7 September 2012.