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St Hilda's Church, South Shields
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St Hilda's Church, South Shields
54°59′47.25″N 1°26′15.81″W / 54.9964583°N 1.4377250°W / 54.9964583; -1.4377250Coordinates: 54°59′47.25″N 1°26′15.81″W / 54.9964583°N 1.4377250°W / 54.9964583; -1.4377250
Location South Shields
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Website Church website
Status Active
Functional status Parish church
Completed 1811
Deanery Jarrow
Archdeaconry Sunderland
Diocese Diocese of Durham

St Hilda's Church, South Shields is a Grade II listed parish church in the Church of England in South Shields.


The church, the parish church of South Shields is said to be on the site of a chapel founded by St Aidan circa AD 647 and placed in charge of St Hilda. Some restoration work was carried out in 1675 by Robert Trollope. In 1753 a north aisle was added to the church. It was then mostly rebuilt between 1810 and 1881 and the interior galleries are supported on cast iron columns. The rebuilding of the church incorporated the font of 1675 by Robert Trollop, and a Gilt chandelier dating from 1802.

The church is most famous for the model of a lifeboat by William Wouldhave dating from 1802 which is suspended from the ceiling.


In 1788 Donaldson of York built an organ for the west gallery, which was rebuilt by J W Walker in 1850.

The current organ is a fine instrument by Thomas Christopher Lewis, built in 1866. It was his first major build outside of London and includes a fine case designed by J F Bentley which measures 26ft high, 13ft wide and 18ft in breadth. It was rebuilt and enlarged by five stops in 1904 by Nicholson & Lord. A full restoration was carried out in 2003/2004 by Harrison & Harrison. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

Ernest Farrar held the position of organist from March 1910 to August 1912. It is alleged that his position paid less than the caretaker.

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