Wallsend Heritage Week Highlights

Wallsend heritage week highlights include some of Tyneside’s most historic places and offer the opportunity to view some historic gems.


In recent year these have included:



Parish Church of St Mary the VirginParish Church of St Mary the Virgin, 67 Churchill Street, High Howdon, Wallsend

A lovely Victorian Church containing unique stained glass windows that incorporate photographic images of Mary Burn and her daughter Mary Barbara. Includes beautiful millennium Stained Glass windows. Refreshments available. Historical information and quiz, interpretation of the church and local area.



Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend

Free admission to the museum and site. On Saturday and Sunday a guided tours of the fort and section of Hadrian’s Wall, lasting approx 1 hour will be available.

There will also be a final opportunity to see “The Backworth Hoard”, exhibition which includes artefacts from the Hoard.



St Lukes Church, Wallsend Pic 4St Luke’s Church, Frank Street, Wallsend

St Luke’s contains a reordered Irish stained glass window in memory of World War I. One of the finest examples in Europe designed by Wilhelmina Geddes of Dublin.

Volunteers are sometimes on hand to answer questions and highlight notable features of the church and its history.




St Peter’s Church, Church Bank, Wallsend

St Peter’s has many important features, including the largest collection of Irish stained glass in the country, the Angel nave ceiling and memorials to local mining disasters.

Church records date back to the 17th century as well as a 16th century nonsuch chest. are situated there.



Wallsend HallWallsend Hall (Formerly Civic Hall) The Green, Wallsend

The stunning Grade II listed Wallsend Hall is home to the fabulous books, fantastic places exhibition recently exhibited at the BALTIC. You can also view pictures from the Council’s art collection, including landscapes, civic portraits, and other work, mostly from the Victorian era.

Notes: Ground floor only for wheelchairs & no lift.



Wallsend Local History Walk,  Wallsend

Local history trail include Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend’s Medieval Green and Holy Cross medieval church



Wallsend Masonic HallWallsend Masonic Hall, Hugh Street, Wallsend

This 1890s Masonic Hall is largely in its original condition, and recently refurbished.

Guided tours and an explanation of Freemasonry by Masons in full regalia are worth seeing especially for the display of Masonic artefacts.




Wallsend Memorial HallWallsend Memorial Hall, 10 Frank Street, Wallsend

Wallsend Memorial Hall, (constructed in 1870 and recently renovated) and learn about its history.




Wallsend Town Hall, High Street East, Wallsend

Wallsend Town Hall is an impressive building group which showed the pride and ambition of ‘new’ Wallsend in 1907. A Warden guided tour of the Wallsend Town Hall is always a highlight, detailing the history and operation of the civic duties and history of the town hall and outer buildings, including baths, police court and fire station.


We will try to keep you updated when the next heritage week takes place.

In the mean time check out our Wallsend photo gallery slideshows.


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    • The Rev on 17/09/2014 at 14:09
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    I have over the years noticed how North Tyneside Council and Newcastle City Council are getting closer and I asked a Councillor does it mean that the two council’s will become one and I was told no way that would ever happen.

    Lets hope not because everything would go sky high especially social care which has gone through the roof with Newcastle Council and they have been itching to get their hands on North Tyneside Council for many years.

    • Ted Frobisher on 29/08/2014 at 20:37
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    Silverlink Retail Park is described as being in Newcastle but it has a NE28 postcode. Do the postcodes mean anything or is it easier to claim allegiance to the nearest city?

    1. Sorry for the delay in replying Ted … (annual Holiday) .. this has been my argument for years … different areas (Newcastle, North Shields) trying to steal Silverlink retail park as part of their own area, but as you rightly point out it is in NE28 which is the postcode for Wallsend 🙂

        • Ted Frobisher on 24/09/2014 at 22:13
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        Thank you. Looks like they all want a piece of the pie!

    • Ted Frobisher on 28/08/2014 at 21:25
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    Can anyone tell me if there are any spiritualist churches in Wallsend, please?

    1. Yes – Wallsend Spiritualist Church is across the road from the Allen Memorial Methodist Church on Park Road in Wallsend.

        • Ted Frobisher on 24/09/2014 at 22:10
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        Many thanks.

    • Ted Frobisher on 06/08/2014 at 13:28
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    What does ‘Awaiting moderation’ mean?

    1. It just means that I constantly have to check that comments are not spam before they appear on the site, which can be quick depending on how many comments I have to check and after work/life commitments don’t get in the way 🙂 … nothing worse than vulture ads for all sorts of sites get in the way of your reading pleasure

        • ted frobisher on 25/09/2014 at 17:11
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        Thanks, Tynesider.

    • Ted Frobisher on 04/08/2014 at 13:32
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    I agree that it is a very simple question. I have heard harder questions asked on ‘Supermarket Sweep’.

    It does seem as though the Council do not want to answer because it is an embarrassment to them. The fact that the Mayor has not answered may be proof of this.

    • Tony Corkhill on 20/07/2014 at 22:20
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    I have been trying for more than a year now to find an answer to a very simple question;- Why does the sign in the John St car park (and one in Whitley Bay) give the address as Wallsend Town Hall, High St East, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne?

    Wallsend is not part of Newcastle but I am now beginning to think that North Tyneside Councillors do not seem to know this. I emailed Norma Redfearn in April but was not lucky enough to receive a reply. If she knows the answer, she is keeping it to herself.

    A friend of mine asked Gary Madden who said that it was not important because the sign was coming down in May. (It was still there yesterday, 19th July).

    I was told (by a nameless Town Hall employee) that the sign maker was to blame, but surely he makes the sign according to the orders he gets. Please, could I now have an official reply, it’s not a hanging offence.

      • gary madden on 19/11/2014 at 02:13
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      Since my name was brought into this I would like the chance to reply. I remember being asked something along the lines of why was Newcastle on signs in Wallsend and down the coast. I certainly dont recall saying “it was not important” I vaguely remember saying that with all the financial cuts going on and the amount it would cost to replace signs borough wide that I didnt think it was the best use of taxpayers money.
      Councillor Gary Madden

  1. On behalf of Margaret I. McDoanld … can anyone tell us who designed/made the stained glass windows in the Town Hall please? … ( original comment was asked at http://wallsendtown.co.uk/2012-wallsend-council-elections-results/imag0038-1/ )

    1. I don’t know is the answer, hopefully one of our visitors can answer it for you 🙂

      You may like to know that a Warden guided tour of the Wallsend Town Hall detailing the history and operation of the civic duties & history of the town hall buildings, including the old Wallsend baths, police court and fire station is set to be held on Friday 13th September at 1000, 1100, 1300 & 1400 … http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/town/Wallsend#sthash.ZXElI5gL.dpuf

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