Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

St Nicholas: 12 Facts for Christmas Time; NOSTALGIA

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

St Nicholas: 12 Facts for Christmas Time; NOSTALGIA

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Byline: DAVE MORTON recalls the people and places of the North East EMAIL: david.morton.editorial@ncjmedia.co.uk TELEPHONE: 0191 2016437 WRITE TO: Dave Morton, Nostalgia Editor, ncjMedia, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JB. @DaveSMorton Newcastle Chronicle - History Photosales - 0191 201 6000 facebook.com/NewcastleChronicle FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018 The Chronicle 19 CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT WWW.CHRONICLELIVE.CO.UK/NEWS/HISTORY

NEWCASTLE Cathedral is dedicated to St Nicholas. One of four parish churches in Newcastle, St Nicholas' Church was the largest and was part of the medieval heart of the old town. It became a Cathedral in 1882. | |1. St Nicholas is a historical figure - a Christian bishop from Myrna (now in Turkey). He is thought to have been born around the year 270 AD (during the time of the Roman Empire). | 2. Across the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St Nicholas' life and deeds, leading him to be revered as a protector and helper of those of need.

| 3. The body of St Nicholas is thought to be in the Church of St Nicholas, Bari, Italy. Many other churches around the world claim to have parts of the saint's body, including fingers and teeth. | 4. St Nicholas has the most 'patronages' of all the saints! He is the patron saint of (amongst many others) : Pharmacists, bakers, bankers, brewers, brides, button-makers, cloth merchants, fire-fighters, fishermen, grocers, children, lawyers, mariners, murderers, newlyweds, perfumers, pilgrims, sailors, soldiers, teachers, travellers and weavers.

| 5. One of the legends surrounding St Nicholas tells of him trying to rescue three daughters of a merchant. The merchant was so poor he had to sell his daughters as servants. Instead, St Nicholas threw three bags of gold through the merchant's window one night to help each daughter. This has given rise to St Nicholas being the patron saint of pawnbrokers, whose symbols are three golden balls (usually hanging outside the shop). …

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