As part of our 175th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to welcome Dr Michael Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Design History at Northumbria University, to give a talk on Dunn and Hansom, the architects responsible for the design of the tower and steeple which were added to the Cathedral in 1872.
Many of you will already be aware that a spire was included in AWN Pugin’s original plans but when the church was nearing completion in 1844, it became apparent that there were insufficient funds to afford this luxury and it was twenty years later, through the generosity of Elizabeth Dunn, that the fine needle spire which we all recognise today was finally added.
Standing 222 ft high on the city’s skyline, St Mary’s Cathedral was for over a hundred years the tallest building in Newcastle, it now lies in fifth position. Come and join us on Monday, 23rd September at 6.30pm to find out more about this fascinating episode in the Cathedral’s story.
Tickets which cost £5.00 (this includes a complimentary glass of wine ) are on sale after the Sunday Masses, from the Cloister Café and Pauline Books and Media, and will also be available on the door.