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photoblog image Church of St John the Baptist, Newcaslte

Church of St John the Baptist, Newcaslte

 

I worked in Newcastle for more than 15 years and for some of that time went past this church twice a day on my way to and from the railway station, but never bothered to take a look inside.  On a recent visit to Newcastle, however, I did take the opportunity to have a look.

 

From Wikipedia:

"The old church of St. John is believed to date from c.1287. It has a low square time-worn tower, standing amongst green trees. Gray calls it "a pretty little church, commended by an arch-prelate of this kingdom because it resembled much a cross". And a pretty little church it is, its quiet simplicity rendered more charming still by the huge piles of modern buildings which surround and overtop it on three sides. It has no pretension to architectural beauty; there is nothing grand about it; its tower, as we have said, is low and square, with little pinnacles at the corners; its windows have flattened arched tops, far from elegant in design but there is something about it which makes it pleasing. Perhaps it is that it recalls to our mind some little country church, and that its aspect is suggestive of green trees and sunny pastures and quiet sylvan delights, amongst all the turmoil and bustle of the busy streets which run past it."

Church of St John the Baptist, Newcaslte

 

I worked in Newcastle for more than 15 years and for some of that time went past this church twice a day on my way to and from the railway station, but never bothered to take a look inside.  On a recent visit to Newcastle, however, I did take the opportunity to have a look.

 

From Wikipedia:

"The old church of St. John is believed to date from c.1287. It has a low square time-worn tower, standing amongst green trees. Gray calls it "a pretty little church, commended by an arch-prelate of this kingdom because it resembled much a cross". And a pretty little church it is, its quiet simplicity rendered more charming still by the huge piles of modern buildings which surround and overtop it on three sides. It has no pretension to architectural beauty; there is nothing grand about it; its tower, as we have said, is low and square, with little pinnacles at the corners; its windows have flattened arched tops, far from elegant in design but there is something about it which makes it pleasing. Perhaps it is that it recalls to our mind some little country church, and that its aspect is suggestive of green trees and sunny pastures and quiet sylvan delights, amongst all the turmoil and bustle of the busy streets which run past it."

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 17 Jul 2017, 00:58
It looks quite pleasant, Tom...no hellfire or brimstone here...
Tom Wilson: Plenty round about on a Saturday night smile
It does have a certain charm!
Tom Wilson: It does, doesn't it? I think, although you can't see it in the pic, the surrounding tower blocks make it all the more appealing
  • Martine
  • France
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:08
Très belle église.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:39
The description says it all Tom. It looks like a pleasant little country church plonked down into the middle of a town
Tom Wilson: I guess that, when it was built, it could have been on the edge of the town!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:13
I just love the colour of the stones of the Church. Wonderful architecture also.
Tom Wilson: An unassuming little church.
Whenever we can enter one of these churches, Tom, we do, so I'm glad you finally had your chance (and took it).
Tom Wilson: It's been waiting a long time for me to enter, Ginnie!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:18
A fine image Tom, and you have got the perpendiculars in line with the frame.
Tom Wilson: Lightroom gets rid of a lot of problems!
Funny how we never look at things on our doorstep and have to go back to see them
Tom Wilson: Absolutely right!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2017, 08:56
Chris described my sentiment. There are so many buildings I have passed on my way to work, in my life. Maybe I should also revisit them.
Tom Wilson: It's not a boad idea - one sees things one was blind to before!
Simply a delightful English parish church and the notes you've posted are really interesting.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Brian
I have always liked square towers.
Tom Wilson: Neat and tidy, aren't they - and I like the pinnacles on the corners!

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