Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church's Medieval Glory Revealed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Church's Medieval Glory Revealed

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WORKERS are turning the clock back as they transform a former medieval church on Tyneside into a heritage centre.

The whole of the inside of the former St. Mary's Church, beside The Sage Gateshead, has been completely stripped as part of a pounds 1.2m plan to turn the building into a new visitor attraction.

For the first time in decades the inside has reverted back to the way it was for centuries of worshippers.

A mezzanine floor, constructed during the 90s when the church briefly became an auction house, has been taken down and removed, interior walls have been demolished and staircases and modern floor coverings removed. Now with the interior of the Grade I listed building returned to its medieval form, work to convert it to the new Gateshead Heritage Centre can get under way.

Peter Udall, head of design services for Gateshead Council, said "We've reached an exciting point. By taking away everything modern from it's interior, we've at last been able to reveal the full majesty of this simple yet beautiful church. …

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