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Days Out Attractions & Buildings

St Thomas Church

St Thomas' is one of the most fascinating churches in Newcastle, and we hope this short guide will help you to appreciate some of the main points in its history. The first church (a pilgrim's chapel on the old bridge over the Tyne) was built soon after Thomas a Becket was murdered, which was in A.D. 1170. It may have been built as an act of penance by Hugh de Melville (one of the knights who killed St Thomas). The Pope made Thomas a saint three years later. On the current site of the church, there used to be a hospital for lepers. The hospital was dedicated to Mary Magdalen, the first person to meet Jesus after he rose from the dead. You will find Mary in two of the windows, and also Jesus healing lepers.

Location

Haymarket

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE1 7PF

T: 07582 033125

E: dawn_bothwell@hotmail.com

W: www.sttomsnewcastle.org.uk