Our industrial development can be
traced from salt pans, glass making, chemical works
through to coal mining and shipbuilding. The industrial
activity being accelerated by the arrival of the
railways in 1834. The first of these being the The
Stanhope and Tyne Railway which carried coal and
limestone from Weardale.
The parish may be better known to many people by its
former name of High Shields. The consecration of the
original church of the parish, Holy Trinity, on the
19th September 1834 coincided with the arrival of
the railway. The influx of labour seeking employment in
the developing industries led to the building and
occupation of long terraces of two-storey flats. Such
was the density of the population that the parish was
eventually divided into five.
Holy Trinity Church was demolished overnight and just
disappeared before anyone could complain or argue for
the buildings retention. Nor could the fact that it was
designed by John Dobson save it.
the photograph album left to view many more
pictures of the cemetery, unusual stones and
epitaphs. I will add more photographs as I visit
this cemetery. If you would like to add your own,
please contact me, and if they are suitable, I
will add them, with an acknowledgement. There a
several pages in this album.
Who is buried in Holy Trinity
Dinning, Thomas, 18 Feb
1843, aged 32, Thomas Dinning was killed and two
others severely injured on the evening of
Saturday,18 February, in the new pit near Harton,
South Shields. A piece of collaring or timber
being used to steady the pump gave way and fell on
them as they worked at the bottom of the shaft.
Dinning left a wife and three children
Epitaphs from the Holy
Trinity Memorial Index
In Memory of Edward Emmerson
Balls. Son of George and Mary Ann Balls of
Jarrow Slake who met his death by accident on
November 28th 1856. Aged 11 years.