Church's Rich History Told in a New Book

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Church's Rich History Told in a New Book


Byline: Dave Morton Remember When Editor david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE story of Jarrow stretches back centuries and tells the tale of a town that's had its ups and its downs.

As the home to St Paul's monastery and the Venerable Bede, right through to the economic boom then collapse of the early 20th Century, Jarrow has more than its fair share of history.

At the heart of the town for the last 150 years has been the church and parish of St Bede's.

As Irish workers and their families flocked to the region in the mid-19th Century for work in the burgeoning Tyne shipbuilding industry, so the new church would cater for their Roman Catholic religion.

Now, prolific photographer and author Paul Perry, the leading authority on Jarrow's history, has published a book looking at the emergence of the vitally significant St Bede's parish.

Paul said: "Jarrow has had a rich and colourful past, and before its memory recedes, I'm keen to record it. It's hugely important."

The book is entitled From Jarrow's Tower and is priced at PS7.99.

Paul has been collecting photographs of his home town for the past 45 years, and has collected several thousand images.

In this, his twelfth book on the town, Paul tells how the formation of the parish was another milestone in Jarrow's rich heritage He has been working on the project for the past three years and has used more than forty images from his unique collection to illustrate many aspects of 150-year-old story.

St Bede's Church, Jarrow, was founded in 1861, by a native of County Waterford in Ireland, Father Edmund Kelly.

He was the parish priest at St Bede's in South Shields and he had a strong vocation to build a church for Roman Catholics in Jarrow. …

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