Saturday, 20 February 2016

St George's Church, Cullercoats, North East England, UK

St. George's, Cullercoats North TynesideEngland was built in the 19th century French Gothic style. An amateur video is at the foot of this page.

Looking over the North Sea, beacon-like, it was designed by the church architect John Loughborough Pearson and built in 1884 by the 6th Duke of Northumberland

The church, in particular its impressive spire of 180 feet was used as a navigational aid by the fishermen of Cullercoats as well as by major shipping approaching Tynemouth in times gone by.

Restoration work on this church has included the replacing of dangerously corroding stonework, roof repairs and the cleaning of some of the stained glass. The church is a Grade I listed building.

The organ was built by Thomas Christopher Lewis in consultation with William Rea the Newcastle City organist, and was dedicated a mere three months after the consecration of the church in February 1885.

It stands in the South Transept, directly under the tower, facing North, with a generous amount of free space around it. From this position, its commanding voice can be heard in all parts of the building without loss of impact, even with a full congregation.

The church has four fixed bells which are struck by hammers operated by bell ropes from the ringing chamber.

Due to the construction of the building it can not take the strain of swinging bells. Two of the bells' hammers require repair (damaged due to wear and tear 2005). The smallest bell is most used as it has a second pulley in a more convenient location.