The site was excavated in 1909 and the stone foundations and graves were restored and a steel railing erected to protect the site.
It is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade 1 Listed.
A church of such age has many stories attached to it and one such story is recalled by Richardson in his local table book of legends. A member of the Delaval family was returning from Newcastle one night when he saw the church was lit up. Leaving his servant with the horses he went to investigate. He found a group of old hags engaged in the dissection of a corpse. They were putting parts of the dead woman into a cauldron suspended from the bell rope. As he ran to disperse them the managed to capture one witch. She was taken back to Seaton Delaval and tried before being sentenced to death by burning on Seaton Sands. On her way to her execution she begged for two new wooden platters which were then brought. As the fire was lit she placed her feet on the platters and muttered a spell. Immediately she rose high into the air above the beach. One of the platters however had been washed in running water and her foot slipped off and she fell to the ground. The crowd did not give her a second chance, and they ran to throw her back on the fire.
21st December 2009
12th March 2008
25th July 2006
- Historic England - Holy Cross Church and graveyard, Wallsend
- Co-Curate - Holy Cross Church (ruins)
- Sitelines - Wallsend, Holy Cross Church
- Wallsend Local History - Witches at Wallsend
See my other photos around Wallsend:
- Wallsend Burn
- Wallsend - Burn Closes Bridge
- Wallsend - Carville Pub Fire and Demolition
- Wallsend - Church Bank Cemetery
- Wallsend High Street
- Wallsend - Holy Cross Cemetery
- Wallsend - Holy Cross Church Remains
- Wallsend - St Peters Church
- Wallsend - Swan Hunters Shipyards
- Wallsend Parks - Civic Hall Grounds
- Wallsend Parks - The Arboretum
- Wallsend Parks - Richardson Dees Park
- Wallsend - Willington Gut