All Saints

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All Saints Church was built in the years from 1786 to 1796 by the architect David Stephenson. Sir John Betjeman, the former Poet Laureate, described it as one of the finest Georgian churches in the country. It has a magnificent elliptical auditorium and splendid classical pillars. A church has stood on this site since the twelfth century, the medieval All Hallows’ Church giving way to the present church. The building was used as a place of worship until 1959.

Closed as a Church 1961 and has since undergone major restoration. Most of the time the building is shut, which is a great shame, seeing the inside is a rare treat. The old church building, now gone, was said to have been built on the site of a Roman Pantheon, and so may have older religious associations than any church in the city.

The view of All Saints towering over King Street is particularly dramatic. A view which has taken more than one visitor by surprise, including the architectural historian Ian Nairn. Take a look at Turner’s picture of Newcastle in 1823. Apart from the River Tyne, the only recognisable landmarks are All Saints and the Church of St Nicholas.

All Saints Church was built in the years from 1786 to 1796 by the architect David Stephenson. Sir John Betjeman, the former Poet Laureate, described it as one of the finest
Georgian churches in the country. It has a magnificent elliptical auditorium and splendid classical pillars. A church has stood on this site since the twelfth century, the medieval All Hallows’ Church giving way to the present church. The building was used as a place of worship until 1959.

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Closed as a Church 1961 and has since undergone major restoration. Most of the time the building is shut, which is a great shame, seeing the inside is a rare treat. The old church building, now gone, was said to have been built on the site of a Roman Pantheon, and so may have older religious associations than any church in the city.

 

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All Saints View from from King Street, Newcastle Quayside