St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick

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St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick
A tower with a stair turret, pinnacles and a spire
Tower of St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick
St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick is located in Tyne and Wear
St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick
St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick
Location in Tyne and Wear
Coordinates: 54°57′49″N 1°38′24″W / 54.9635°N 1.6401°W / 54.9635; -1.6401
OS grid referenceNZ 231 632
LocationBrunel Terrace, Low Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear
WebsiteChurches Conservation Trust
DedicationSaint Stephen
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated14 June 1954
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival (Decorated)
Closed1 January 1984
MaterialsSandstone, Welsh slate roof

St Stephen's Church is a redundant Anglican church in Brunel Terrace, Low Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2]


The foundation stone of the church was laid by Sir William Armstrong on 19 November 1866. Building was completed in 1868 and it was dedicated by Charles Baring, Bishop of Durham, during that year.[3] It was declared redundant on 1 January 1984 and was vested in the Trust on 18 March 1987.[4] Only the base of the tower is available for public access.[2]


The church is constructed in sandstone with a Welsh slate roof. As built, its plan consisted of a nave with north and south aisles and a west porch, a north transept, a chancel with a north aisle, and a northwest tower. Its architectural style is Decorated Gothic Revival. The tower is in three stages with triple bell openings, a corbel table, and a battlemented parapet. Flying buttresses lead up to a tall octagonal spire with lucarnes.[1] It contains a ring of eight bells which were cast in 1880 by John Taylor of Loughborough.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Church of St Stephen, Newcastle upon Tyne (1355238)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 11 April 2015
  2. ^ a b St Stephen's Church, Low Elswick, Tyne & Wear, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 18 October 2016
  3. ^ St. Stephen's, Elswick Parish of St Stephen and St Paul, retrieved 21 September 2010
  4. ^ Diocese of Newcastle: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 2, retrieved 3 April 2011
  5. ^ Newcastle upon Tyne, Low Elswick, S Stephen, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 21 September 2010