Rising above Newcastle Quayside from its prominent hilltop position is the magnificent Baroque tower of All Saints Church. Completed in 1796, it replaced the medieval church, ‘All Hallows’. The architect, David Stephenson, produced a stunning design with an elliptical nave; it remains the only elliptical church in England. The tower is topped with a splendid turret clock, which still keeps time, flanked by plinths of paired diagonal columns. The steeple ensures All Saints remains the third tallest religious structure in Newcastle. Twenty-seven windows flood the unique elliptical nave with light from every direction at all times of the day. The elegance of this exceptional structure is exhibited throughout the whole: the beautiful curvature of the panelled, mahogany pews as they sweep around the rounded perimeter of the sanctuary, the fluted Doric mahogany columns supporting the gallery, the elegant chancel and the vast domed ceiling. Lord Armstrong, the industrialist, scientist, philanthropist and inventor, was baptised at All Saints and the family contributed to the upkeep of the Chapel.Pevsner, in his Architectural Guides series, was impressed by this church, “an excellent job, original in its plan and most effective in its exterior.” Sir John Betjeman, former Poet Laureate, called All Saints Church, “one of the finest English Georgian churches” and “…next to St. Swithun’s Worcester, the best 18th century church interior I have seen anywhere”. More recently, The Newcastle Chronicle, listed All Saints Church at the top in their “2017 Top Ten List of Newcastle buildings”.
The grant will enable the church to install toilet facilities and carry out necessary repairs.