The Grade One Listed Church of St Ann was built in 1767-1768 in a dignified English Renaissance manner from designs by William Newton, the most successful Newcastle architect of his day. Stones from the nearby old Newcastle town wall were used in its construction. The cost was borne by the City Corporation. The new church was consecrated by Bishop Trevor on Friday 2nd September 1768. The church then stood much as it now exists except that the interior was furnished with the usual three-decker pulpit and 'box' pews, and the windows were wider than at present.
A place of worship had existed on the site since 1344 when a small chapel was built in honour of St Mary the Virgin and her Mother, St Ann.
The Friends of St Ann's was established in 1999 with a remit to work with the Parochial Church Council 'to maintain and enhance the Grade One Listed Church and its churchyard.' Friends of St Ann's receive newsletters and information about a wide range of events in the Church and churchyard.
Primarily a place of worship, St Ann's Church has also hosted concerts by numerous groups including Cappella Novocastriensis, Folkestra, Greggs Bakery Band, Northumberland Youth Jazz Band, The Vintage Jazzmen, Vox Humana and Young Sinfonia. One group of talented musicians who perform an annual charity concert in the Church have adopted the title 'St Ann's Chamber Players.'
The Annual St Ann's Lecture was delivered in 2007 by the author P D James. Previous speakers include Lord Stevens, Lord Puttnam and The Rt Hon Chris Patten. In 2005, St Ann's hosted BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions?' programme.
In June 2007 work was completed on a programme of improvements to the churchyard. Sensitive restoration of original stonework and railings, repairs to the War Memorial and estoration of The Crawhall Monument (Joseph Crawhall was Mayor of Newcastle in 1849) were made possible with the help of a Heritage Lottery grant and additional support from Newcastle City Council, The Barbour Foundation, The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust and The Friends of St Ann's.
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A Church Near You ID: 19727
Architect: William Newton