All Saints' Church, All Saints' Road, Shildon. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: northern1-303069)

Northern Archaeological Associates, 2018

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Introduction

All Saints' Church, All Saints' Road, Shildon. Historic Building Recording (OASIS ID: northern1-303069)

Northern Archaeological Associates have been commissioned by Glen and Helen Race to undertake the preparation of a building recording report for All Saints’ Church, a 19th century church in New Shildon, Shildon, Co. Durham. This work was undertaken as a condition of listed building consent for the conversion of the church to a domestic property.

All Saints’ Church is a Grade II listed building (1322841), and was built in 1868-9 by J.P. Pritchett. As a result, a Historic England Level 2 survey (Historic England 2016) of the building was required in advance of conversion, to mitigate against the subsequent loss of the heritage asset. The building lies outside the Shildon Conservation Area.

All Saints’ Church is rectangular in plan, with a square bell tower at the north-western corner, and a later narthex on the west side, enclosing the west door. The church was designed in Commissioner Gothic style, to appear as though it had developed organically, through the use of differing window styles, styles of arching, and so forth. The layout of the church is very simple, comprising only two main rooms (nave and chancel) with the north and south transepts radiating off on each side. The main building measured approximately 37m by 15m.

Based on the survey, All Saints’ Church was considered to be of local significance primarily due to its aesthetic, historical and communal values. Much of the layout of the original church survives intact, but most of the internal features have long been destroyed through repeated break-ins and vandalism, so the church remains mostly only a shell. The dilapidated and poor condition of All Saints’ Church could now be said to detract from the appeal and ambience of the wider area. Despite this, the exterior features survive well. The building has some therefore little significance in terms of its evidential value, due largely to its condition. The church is a relatively common Commissioner Gothic-style church.

The building retains an intrinsic aesthetic appeal and has the potential to add positive value to both visual character and contextual understanding of the area. It is clear that, given the historic, aesthetic and communal significance of All Saints’ Church, retention of the building is desirable, and so conversion is welcomed.