|Albums > Heritage Open Days 2011 > St Andrews Church - Newgate|
|Considered to the oldest Church in Newcastle Upon Tyne with the present building having been commenced in 1150 and there is even conjecture that an earlier Saxon Church stood on the site.|
The Church stands on the corner of Darn Crook (St Andrews Street) and Newgate Street and its Church Yard contains a substantial stretch of the former City Walls.
Getting back to the claim the Church has Saxon roots. Certainly in the pamphlet book "A Guide to the Anglican Churches In Newcastle and Northumberland", edited by Stanley Prins and Roger Massingberd-Mundy it is claimed the Church was Consecrated 'probably' in the 10th Century.
I have a guide book for the Church dating from 1961 and it has this to be say about the Saxon claim:
'The late Mr H L Honeyman advanced the theory that there was a building on the site before the 1150 date, a smaller Church built by the Monks from Hexham during Saxon times. The only tangible evidence supporting this claim is a child's tomb stone which is considered of Pre-Conquest date and which was found in the South Transept in 1844.'
One thing that took my eye during this visit were the three stone cannon balls that were discovered when construction work was being carried out in 1960. The cannon balls date from the Civil War when Newcastle was besieged in 1644 and a cannon was located on the tower of the Church.