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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.

Open 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 Churchyard

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.



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