You can use the menu above to find out information about us – who we are and what we do, as well as the history and importance of the church and the graveyard. Please have a look at our What’s On page which will tell you about any forthcoming events or activities that you can take part in.

AVAILABLE – 2019 EVENTS PROGRAMME  2019 Events Programme

The Big Local History Event

For more details click on this link Programme for The Big Local History Event on 13th September 2019


Tuesday 6th August 2pm at St James’ Church
Smell the flowers
Guided tour to look at the plants in the graveyard. Ten years ago there were no flowers and no boundary hedge, but a decade of hard work has changed all that.


Tuesday 3rd September 2pm at St James’ Church
Pubs of the west end
Slide show from West Newcastle Picture History Collection’s treasure trove of old photos of the west end

Friday 13th September 10.30-4pm at West End Library
Bringing the West End’s History to Life
A day event with a full programme of talks, activities and exhibitions

Monday 16th September 1pm at West End Library
Cinemas of Adelaide Terrace
Illustrated talk by John Taberham about Benwell’s cinemas

Friday 20th September 10.30 at St James Church
Communities in Action
Illustrated talk about the local community’s efforts to resist the destruction of local industry and improve the quality of life for its people .
Coffee and scones served at 10am

Saturday 21st September 11 am leaving from St James’ Church
Church people
Guided tour of the graveyard by Olive Taylor, focusing on people connected with the church

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.

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