NHCT was delighted to be able to support St Chad’s with its repairs to the roof of the nave and tower. We awarded a grant of £5000 and secured matched funding of £4000 from the National Churches Trust. St Chad’s is now celebrating completion of this major re-roofing project.
St Chad’s was consecrated in 1903 and is described as High Victorian Gothic with Arts & Crafts tendencies, an architectural gem within a deprived urban setting. The church is noted for the quality of woodwork by Ralph Hedley, metal work by the Newcastle Handicrafts Company, and stained glass by Caroline Townshend, Leonard Walker and Percy Bacon Bros.
The church is important in the community, providing facilities for a lunch club, Slimming World, a toddler group and an exercise class in addition to its regular Services. Its striking octagonal tower makes it a significant landmark in Gateshead.
Pictured on the left is NHCT Chair Robin Brims outside St Chad’s next to a banner thanking organisations which contributed to the restoration.