Wall – St George

I love google. I typed “Wall St George” in and got “St George cross England flag with flag pole and wall bracket” from Amazon, and “Video wall, St George’s University of London”. Wall was part of the parish of St John Lee until 1879 when it was decided to make Heavenfield (St Oswald in Lee) the parish church for Wall). Wall is on the A6079, but the church and the village centre is just to the east of the main road – it’s at NY918691. It is an uphill walk to Heavenfield. On our DAC trip we had gone from St John Lee to Warden for an excellent lunch at The Boatside Inn at Warden http://www.theboatsideinn.com, then to Chollerton and Heavenfield. Last stop for the day, Wall.

DSC05169Pevsner comments that “Wall is one of the most attractive of Tyneside villages”. I have just found a rather nice walk at http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/hadrianswall/uploads/Wall%20Village05.pdf. The village is built around the green, and it may well be that, in previous centuries, the animals would be bought into the centre of the village where they could be protected. Several of the buildings are of the bastle type – easily defendable. I must go back when I’m not constrained by a coach, and when it’s early in the day.

Having made Heavenfield the parish church, 15 years later they built the vicarage in Wall village. Then the church was built in 1895 by the village family of J. Herdman. There was a cottage on this site, so the church is orientated south/north rather than east/west. A good Victorian interior. Nice East (North) window with a long dedication. Peter, Paul and Edmund on the left, Stephen, Aidan and Cuthbert on the right.

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DSC05160Children are welcome here in Wall – and we were all made welcome, tea and biscuits all round. It had been a fun day.

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