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St Peters Church, Harton, South Shields, Tyne and Wear

St Peters Church, Harton, Sout Shields, Tyne and Wear   
The present parish of Harton owes its formation to the devotion and self-sacrifice of the Rev. William Coward, curate of Westoe Chapel, who, soon after his appointment in 1829, commenced to hiold Sunday services at Harton, with such success that he secured the erection, by private subscription, of a small chapel or oratory, as it was generally called, at that place, which was opened on November 6, 1836. Thenceforward, to the time of his death in 1853, he conducted service every Sunday afternoon at Harton, in addition to morning and evening services in Westoe Chapel. The oratory was from time to time extended, until it was nearly doubled in size, and a tower added. The Dean and Chapter in December 1857 gave two acres of land for a burial ground, St Hild's, the parish churchyard, being closed and the parishioners of Harton having no legal right to bury in the Borough cemetery. Harton was created a seperate parish by order in Council dated August 27, 1864.
The area of the Ecclesiastical District comprised so much of the civil Parish of Harton as lay within St Hild's Parish together with part of Westoe township. The order provided that the Chapel of Ease and the burial ground attached to it should be the Parish Church and Churchyard, the parishioners being exonerated from all rates for the repair of St Hild's or any other Church, and made exclusively liable for the repair of Harton-Church. The Rev. Arthur A. Phillpotts was appointed first incumbent.The old oratory becoming greatly dilapidated and too small, a new church was erected on the same site. The foundation-stone was laid on September 11, 1866, by the Rev. T. H. Chester, incumbent of St Hild's, and the Church was consecrated by the Bishop of Durham on August 15, 1867, and dedicated to St Peter. It is in the French Gothic style, with an organ chamber and vestry on the north side. The nave is lighted by six two-light windows. and has a high, open, woodwork roof. The church has accommodation for about 200 worshippers, and the total cost was about Pound 1650. The east window, of three lights, was filled with stained glass in 1873, by subscription. The Rev. A. A. Phillpotts, first vicar, died suddenly on April 29, 1888. He was succeeded by the Rev. J. Dixon Hepple, who died January 30, 1901, the present vicar, the Rev. G. H. Ashworth, M. A., being appointed in March. The living is a perpetual curacy of the value of Pound 300 per annum, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Durham. The Parish, which includes Caldwell and east Harton, in 1891 contained 110 inhabited houses and a population of 585, and in 1901, 121 inhabited houses and a population of 724.

affectionate rememberance

William Irwin beloved husband of
Mary Irwin and dearly loved son of
Mary and the late Henry Irwin
of Harton Colliery who died at (Danoon)
while serving in his Majesty's Forces.
Born May 8th, 1880   Died November 6th, 1918.

Death devides but memory clincs.

Mary Irwin
beloved wife of William Irwin
Born June 24th, 1883   Died August 4th, 1948

George Machin
beloved husband of Elizabeth Machin
Born September 26th, 1857   Died March 22nd, 1941

Elizabeth Marchin
beloved wife of George Machin
Born June 26th, 1857   Died December 17th, 1946
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters

Name: Crawford, Thomas Robson
Initials: T R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
Unit Text: "D" Bty. 251st Bde.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 05/01/1921
Service No: 771742
Additional information: Son of John James and Sarah Crawford,
husband of Ethel Crawford, of 28, Rosebery Terrace, Tyne Dock,
South Shields. Born at Tyne Dock.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Middle. 7. 5.
Cemetery: Harton (St. Peter) Churchyard
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters
771742 Gunner

T. R. Crawford

Royal Field Artillery
05th January, 1921
aged 26 years


Mary Ellen, wife of J. S. Hunter
Died July 23rd, 1915. Aged 48 years.

Albert Stanley, their son.
Died June 25th, 1928. Aged 37 years.

Isabella, his second wife.
Died November 16th, 1940. Aged 66 years.

The above
James Stanley Hunter
Died April 26th, 1945. Aged 79 years.

Raymond John Hunter, R.A.F.
grandson, killed in action
Died January 16th, 1940. Aged 20 years.
   A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters     

Name: Hastings, Thomas
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Greaser
Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy
Unit Text: S.S. Tacoma Star (London).
Age: 64
Date of Death: 03/05/1941
Additional information: Son of William and Mary Hastings,
of South Shields.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: South of Church, left of path
South to North.
Cemetery: Harton (St. Peter) Churchyard
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters
T. Hastings

Refrigerator Greaser
S. S. "Tacoma Star"
03rd May 1941
aged 64 years

In loving memory of

John Robert,
beloved husband of Mary Henderson,
who died January 04th, 1936. Aged 48 years.

Also Leslie, dear son of the above,
who died in the R.A.F. Hospital
West Kirby, Liverpool
October 27th, 1941. Aged 20 years.

Also the above Mary Henderson
who died January 14th, 1964. Aged 70 years.
Cremated at South Shields.
   A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters     
Information about Leslie Henderson

Name: Purvis, Frederick Edmund Cole
Initials: F E C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force)
Age: 19
Date of Death: 22/04/1940
Service No: 807265
Additional information: Son of Albert and Elizabeth Purvis,
of Cleadon Park, South Shields. His brother John also died
on service.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 1. Row 3.
Cemetery: Harton (St. Peter) Churchyard
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters
807265 Aircraftman 2 nd cl.

F. E. C. Purvis

Royal Air Force
Auxiliary Air Force
22nd April 1940
aged 19 years

Name: Smith, Richard Fall
Initials: R F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Age: 33
Date of Death: 14/12/1940
Service No: 1987368
Additional information: Son of Wynn and Isabella
Fall Smith, of South Shields; husband of Nora Smith,
of South Shields.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. J. Row E. Grave 4.
Cemetery: Harton (St. Peter) Churchyard
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Peters
1987368 Sapper

R. F. Smith

Royal Engineers
14th December 1940
aged 33 years

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