Originally it formed part of the outbuildings of Village Farm and first came into use as a place of worship during 1899 when it was purchased by local dignitary and benefactor Col. T.W. Elliott, of nearby Monkseaton Cottage, who converted the building into a little Anglican church which in later years came into the possession of the Wesleyans and Methodists.
Apart from the building’s main function as a place of worship, it has been home to various organisations over the years such as Guides and Brownies, discussion groups, local meeting clubs and also as a venue for small functions and events.
One such event is to take place from 3pm on Saturday 2nd June, when the Church will be holding a Jubilee Tea Party to commemorate 60 years of H.M. the Queen’s reign. This is a local community event where everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the afternoon. An admission fee of £2 is payable but accompanied children are admitted free.
The afternoon will begin with a short thanksgiving service by Rev. Sharon Whittaker followed at 3.15pm with indoor and outdoor activities and games. The event will include Tombola, 1950s music and at 4pm a celebration afternoon tea will commence. The programme will end about 5pm after a communal sing-song of patriotic songs.
Local historian Charlie Steel will also be present to chat about the old village, and to sign copies of his new local interest book ‘Monkseaton Village Volume1’, copies of which will be available to buy at the event.
The remainder of the story behind this little church will be featured in Charlie’s next book, entitled ‘Monkseaton Village Volume 2’, which will be released towards the end of this year.
by Charlie Steel © 2012
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, local historian Charlie Steel has lived almost all of his life in Monkseaton. His books “Monkseaton and Hillheads” and “Inns and Taverns of North Shields” are published by Tempus and are available in all good book shops.
All Charlie’s articles which are featured in Roundabout Monkseaton can also be found on his website www.monkseaton.info. Charlie also writes articles for Roundabout Tynemouth.
If you have any old pictures or photographs of Monkseaton that you would like to share then please e-mail Charlie at firstname.lastname@example.org.