Religious Place In Wallsend, Tyne And Wear
Ruins of the Church of the Holy Cross that is nearly 900 years old.
Sitting at the end of a housing estate in Wallsend is a lovely little find, this is the Holy Cross Church Ruins.
The Church of the Holy Cross was built by the monks from Jarrow Priory nearly 900 years ago in 1145, most likely replacing a wooden church. As with a lot of older buildings the stone was repurposed and the materials would have been sourced from the nearby Hadrian's Wall.
The church would have been the parochial chapel for Wallsend and fell under the parish of Jarrow which was confirmed by Henry II.
Worship eventually ended here in 1798 and it fell into ruin, however it was excavated in 1909 and some of the stone foundations and graves were restored. The base of the stone font also remains.
The church is fenced off to help protect it, but you can see it pretty well through the railings. We got a few close up snaps and aerial shots by sending Red5 drone in.
Place contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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