History

1831 Tynemouth Parish consisted of 28000 parishioners but 2 churches only accommodated 3200 persons, there was a need for a new church and on 6th January 1838 a plan to build a church to accommodate 1200 began and the Foundation stone was laid 14th September 1839 by M Bell MP (Port of Tyne Pilot newspaper)

18th April 1841 11:00am Holy Saviours opened for services (Newcastle Journal ) Parishioners desirous of having pews needed to apply on Tuesday 12th between 2-3pm.

11th August 1841 Bishop of Durham consecrated the church attended by Rev Reed Vicar of Tynemouth curate Rev Hill. The Sermon by Bishop from 50th Psalm verse 23. due to severe state of the weather church was not as full as it otherwise would have been. Collection £26 (Port of Tynemouth Pilot Newspaper )

An early photograph of Holy Saviours showing the original building

 

 

 

 

Holy Saviours was built as a Chapel of Ease to assist Christ Church and although opened in April and consecrated in August Holy Saviours celebrate its anniversary in October. The estimated cost of the church was £1360 in 1838 according to the Newcastle Journal. No date was recorded in the document in the library at North Shields. A church dedicated to the Holy Saviour was erected at a cost of £2500, by subscription, aided by grants from the Church Building and Diocesan Societies, and was consecrated in August 1841. It is a handsome cruciform structure of stone, in the later English style, with a tower surmounted by a spire, and contains 700 sittings, of which 350 are free. The church was endowed with £700; the vicar officiates, assisted by a curate. 

The Vicar of Tynemouth (i.e. of Christ Church) continued to be responsible for the services, although in 1846 a curate, Reverend George Latimer who lived in Dockwray Square was in immediate charge. On April 16th 1861 by Order in Council, Holy Saviours was formally separated from the mother church of Tynemouth (Christ Church) and was described as “the District Chapelry of Tynemouh Priory”. It was at this staged licensed for the solemnisations of marriages, churchings and baptism. Funerals were not mentioned , probably because there was no graveyard. The new living was given to the Reverend Thomas Featherstone by the Patron, the Duke of Northumberland, on 21st November 1860.

However the first wedding did not take place until 18th May 1861. The bride was Mary Raeburn who's father Robert was the farmer at Spital Dene Farm. The old farm house where Mary was born was opposite Northumberland Park.

The Farm House became the HQ for the Golf Club until the new club house was built. The groom was John Stephenson a Ship Store Merchant of Grind Store Quay Duke Street North Shields. The wedding was conducted by Rev. Thomas Featherstone and a bible and Hymn book were presented to the happy couple. Their daughter Miss Stephenson of 52 Cleveland Road North Shields report to the local paper that she still had the said books and treasured them. This must have been reported in the press around 1920. 

Holy Saviours Circa  1920

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vicars who presided over many alterations and who laid the groundwork for the Church we know today were Canon Herbert Hicks who was appointed in 1882 and Reverand James Cuthbertson who was appointed in 1920. Both were responsible for major improvements

in 1926 the Reverend Henry Henderson was responsible for the provision of the Parish Hall on Manor Road.

The spire was removed after 2nd World War due to war damage and the building you see now with its light coloured sand stone is due to the cleaning of the stone (which had weathered over the years to a black stone) in 1970s.