The building of Christ Church tower began in 1786 between the years of the American and French Revolutions. The church in those times stood almost alone in the fields about half a mile north of the township of North Shields at the junction of two important roads. The congregation of the parish church was determined to erect an impressive addition to their old church which had been consecrated in 1668 and to have a ring of bells to summon them to worship. The first six bells were lost at sea during their journey north from the London foundry. The second ring of six bells reached the Tyne successfully on the sailing ship 'The Happy Return' and pealed out for the first time on January 18th 1788 to mark the official birthday of Queen Charlotte, Consort of George III.
The church with its massive square tower is one of the tallest and oldest buildings in North Tyneside. Until now it has withstood the ravages of war, weather, and time and has witnessed many changes in the fortunes of both the nation and North Shields. For nearly 240 years the bells have rung out in times of both joy and sorrow and have provided a regular reminder that the worship of God takes place week in and week out in a changing and uncertain world.
It is 25 years since the tower was last repaired and the weather has eroded stone, rusted metalwork, and stripped wood bare of paint. Hopefully all this wear and tear will be remedied following the erection of scaffolding and a detailed inspection. It has been estimated that this work will cost around £30,000. This is a large amount of money to raise and the appeal committee is seeking as many ways as possible of raising money through grants and large donations.
Donations, large and small, would be most welcome, cheques should be made out to "Christ Church, North Shields" and forwarded to:
Donations can be made by Bank Transfer to:
Christ Church Restoration Appeal
Sort Code 20-62-09
Account No. 63369153
By Gift Aiding your donation we can reclaim the tax paid. You can pick up a form in the foyer of the church or download one here.