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NOW AVAILABLE – 2019 EVENTS PROGRAMME 2019 Events Programme

St James’ Heritage & Environment Group is ten years old this year. Celebrate with us. Ten years birthday celebration


Tuesday 4th June 11am – 4pm
St James’ Church, Benwell Lane
Join us for this special day celebrating our tenth birthday.
Visitors welcome all day – archive film, slide shows and refreshments in the church; informal tours of the graveyard.
Two special tours:
11.30am : guided tour of the recent conservation work carried out to the gravestones
2pm: guided tour showing the development of the graveyard since it was opened in 1833.
Birthday tea:
3pm : join us for afternoon tea

Thursday 13th June 1pm
Join us for a walk along the riverside from the Quayside to Paradise in the company of author Michael Chaplin – writer of the book Tyne View, the Radio 4 series The Ferryhill Philosophers, and the hit play Tyne performed at Live Theatre, We will meet at 1pm outside the Guildhall on the Quayside; and walk west taking in the sites of West Newcastle’s lost industries. When we reach Paradise, you have the option of walking uphill to Benwell Lane with us or catching one of the frequent buses back into town.

Booking is not essential but it would help us to know who is coming. To book or for further information, email stjamesbenwell@gmail.com

Monday 17th June 1pm
West End Library, Condercum Road
Another special event focusing on graveyards to mark the Heritage and Environment Group’s tenth birthday. Mike Greatbatch will give an illustrated talk about the churchyard at St Ann’s next to the Quayside, preceded by an introduction to the history of St James’ Graveyard in Benwell.

Roman excavations in Pendower.
On March 5th, Alan Rushworth of the Archaeological Practice gave a talk at St James’ Church about the excavations carried out on the Pendower Estate in 2017 prior to the building of new homes. The excavation discovered some fascinating remains previously hidden under the original houses. These provided important insights into the civilian settlement linked to the Roman fort of Condercum. Click here Roman excavations in Pendower  to view selected images, courtesy of the Archaeological Practice. Please do not use or share these without permission.


Watch us at work in the graveyard, repairing gravestones and learning how to care of them.

In 2016 St James’ Heritage and Environment Group obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled us to commission a specialist stonemason/conservator to work with us over a two-year period to repair and restore many of the damaged gravestones.

The full film can be viewed on YouTube here – Restoring the Graveyard

To see the section on removing moss, click here.
To see the section on repairing gravestones, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Buddle grave, click here.
To see the section on restoring the Grace grave, click here.
To see the section on removing graffiti, click here.


Our new film about the history of industry along the West Newcastle riverside can be viewed by clicking here.

Riverside Voices: War and Peace on the Tyne was commissioned by St James’ Heritage & Environment Group as part of our First World War project funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film was directed by local film-maker Adrin Neatrour.


Have you seen our new booklet about the history of the Bond Church which was launched on 3rd October in the new community garden on Adelaide Terrace which celebrates the history of this much-loved church? Remembering the Bond

New Heritage Trail: Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War

To commemorate the end of the First World War, we have produced a heritage trail showing some of the significant locations connected with the War. Benwell and Scotswood at the time of the First World War-Heritage Trail

Watch our short films about people buried in St James’ Graveyard  Stories from the Graveyard

– West End Stories: St James’ Heritage & Environment Group


The Graveyard Film – Watch our film about St James’ Graveyard