Catalogue description South Shields, St Bede Roman Catholic Church

This record is held by Tyne and Wear Archives

Details of C.SS29
Reference: C.SS29
Title: South Shields, St Bede Roman Catholic Church
Date: 1770-1992
Related material:

The church was also responsible for several schools in South Shields. For records relating to them see E/SS4-7

Held by: Tyne and Wear Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

St Bede Roman Catholic Church, South Shields

Physical description: 10 series + 22 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Accession 2982 (part)

  • South Shields, County Durham
  • South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • South Shields, South Tyneside
  • Religion
Administrative / biographical background:

Until 1849, Catholics in South Shields had to travel across the river to North Shields to attend St Cuthbert's Church. However, in 1849 they bought a chapel in Cuthbert Street [now Western Approach] from the Bristol Brethren and formed the parish of St Bede, with the church dedicated to St Cuthbert [see C.SS30].


The church, however, was too small, so on 27 May 1874 the foundation stone was laid for a new church in Westoe Road. St Bede's church opened on 22 August 1876.

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