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St Paul's Church, Whitley Bay
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St Paul's Church in Whitley Bay Town Centre
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Dedication Saint Paul
Heritage designation Grade II
Architect(s) Anthony Salvin
Deanery Tynemouth
Diocese Diocese of Newcastle
Province Province of York

St Paul's Church is the parish church of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, United Kingdom.The church was founded in 1864. The church's official title is St Paul's Church, Cullercoats but it is located near the centre of the town rather than the suburb of Cullercoats.


The building was designed by Anthony Salvin for the Duke of Northumberland. It is designated by English Heritage as a GradeĀ II listed building.

Present day

The church produces a regular newsletter and parish magazine. It also holds an annual summer fair and the St Nicholas Fair and Festival during the first weekend in Advent.

Ann Laing and Sandra Graham are the churchwardens.

As a parish it has been decided to revoke the Traditional Catholic tradition, they now accept the ordination of women and so receive episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Newcastle (currently Christine Hardman

Parochial church council

The parochial church council (PCC) oversees the administration, finances and fabric of the church. The 22 member council, which meets monthly, comprises two clergy, one lay reader, two churchwardens, one treasurer, one diocesan synod representative (who attends meetings with others from the Diocese of Newcastle and Tynemouth Deanery), three deanery synod representatives (who attend meetings with others from the Tynemouth Deanery) and 12 lay members. All members except the clergy and lay reader are elected. The standing committee, consisting of five PCC members, deals with any emergency issues arising between meetings and sets agenda for PCC meetings.

Notable clergy

  • Norman Banks, later Bishop of Richborough, was the vicar from 1990 until 2000.
  • Paul Bayes, later Bishop of Liverpool, served his curacy at St Paul's from 1979 until 1982.

List of Vicars

Name Years of Service
Canon R. F. Wheeler 1861 - 1885
The Reverend E. Smith 1885 - 1916
The Reverend F. L. Cattell 1916 - 1924
The Reverend F. J. Burt 1924 - 1928
The Reverend F. M. Dowland 1928 - 1933
The Reverend J. E. Jenkins 1933 - 1941
The Reverend F. R. Hedley 1941 - 1955
The Reverend R. H. C. Henwood 1955 - 1963
The Reverend J. H. Chicken 1963 - 1972
The Reverend R. O. Stroud 1972 - 1977
The Reverend Peter V. Rendell 1977 - 1989
The Reverend Norman Aidan Banks 1990 - 2002
The Reverend Gavin Gilchrist 2002 - 2018
The Reverend John Vilaseca 2019 -


The church has a 15-strong choir. A former organist, John Percival Forster, was killed in the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916, aged 28. He was organist at St Paul's for six years from 1912 to 1916. A plaque commemorating his life remains to the right of the altar.


Role / Instrument Name
Director of Music / Organist Terry Mason
Deputy Organist
Organ scholar
Choir Conductor
Keyboards Ann Laing
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