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Cullercoats – St Mary

The church was built in 1970 to serve the expanding population of this part of the North Tyneside conurbation. The building is square on plan, with the sanctuary placed on the diagonal. It is a fairly late work by Anthony J. Rossi. 

Cullercoats was an early fishing community, which grew around the harbour. Its picturesque qualities attracted many artists in the later nineteenth century, notably the American Winslow Homer. Twentieth century expansion saw its absorption into the North Tyneside conurbation.The parish of St Mary Cullercoats was erected in 1964, and the present church built in 1970, from designs by Anthony J. Rossi.

The building is of brick construction with a slightly pitched roof, covered in foil-backed felt, behind parapets. A strip of clerestory windows runs below the projecting eaves around most of the building. The entrance is in the single-storey link to the parish hall.

Inside, a corridor leads to a simple day chapel and the church. The church is square in plan, and arranged diagonally, with four blocks of plain pews with back rails. The sanctuary is in the ritual south-east corner, its walls lined with blind arcading of modern Gothic character. The sanctuary is raised on one step, with two steps to the altar and the ambo, and two further steps to the tabernacle stand set in the corner; the square font is at right of the steps. The sanctuary furniture is of rock-faced snecked stone. The roof is supported on timber boxed beams covered with Nuralite.

Heritage Details

Architect: Antony J. Rossi

Original Date: 1970

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed