History and Architecture of the Cathedral
The Catholic Cathedral Church of St Mary was built by one of the greatest of all Victorian architects, Augustus Welby Pugin, famous for his design of the interior of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.
The building is especially notable for its:
— beautiful needle spire
— wall and floor tile-work (mostly newly-designed in neo-Gothic style)
— richly carved altars and Lady Statue
— stained-glass windows (several of them recently installed)
— magnificent organ and choir gallery (built and opened in 2013)
St Mary’s is now a Grade I listed building.
The Cathedral precinct comprises the clergy house, a public garden (dedicated to the memory of one of Tyneside’s greatest sons, Cardinal Basil Hume), and the cloister with the adjacent Cloister Café and Pauline Books & Media.
The Cathedral is open every day, entry is free and non-commercial photography is permitted. There is some limited free parking for visitors.