St Paulinus


1In the west wall to the side of the main door are four small stained glass windows. These were originally plain glass until they were replaced by windows designed and made by Geoff White, a member of the congregation, as part of the commemoration of the links with the mining community.

2There are three large stained glass windows in the same wall and which together form ‘The Miners’ Window’. Christ is shown in the central window holding a miner’s lamp (presumably ‘the light of the world’), and miners in the other two, one in current working attire and one in the working attire of the 1930s. The windows were made by a local artist and glassworker, Reg Pritchard of Blyth.

3In the nave itself there are now three plain leaded windows on both the north and south sides.

4On the south side of the nave, next to what was the access to the vestry, is a small recess behind an ornamental brick column, and in the recess are two small plain leaded glass windows. The recess can be used as a private prayer area.

5On the north side of the nave there is a door leading to the new community area, with a leaded window above.

6To the north side of the choir are two stained glass half moon windows above a screen between the choir and the choir vestry. They have no access to natural light and so are a little indistinct. Written on the windows are extracts from William Blake’s poem ‘The Divine Image’.

7In the east wall above the altar are three large stained glass windows, the centre showing St Paulinus, the left showing him with King Edwin of Northumbria, whom he converted, and the right showing the Saint (or possibly the King) attacking heathens. There are two small plain leaded glass windows in the same wall.