Monday, 19th February, 2018

Abbess Hilda's First Religious House, illustrated talk by Alan Newham.
On Monday 19th February, Alan Newham, a member of both The Society of Church Archaeology and South Shields Local History Group, will talk about his recent book ‘Abbess Hilda’s First Religion House’ in which he republished with his own commentary, the work of The Reverend Henry Edwin Savage.    
                                                                                                                                            An Antiquarian and Vicar of St. Hilda’s Church between 1891 and 1904, Reverend Savage, following his own research, claimed that the land upon which the present day Church of Saint Hilda now sits, is the very same hide of land that Bishop Aidan gave to the Anglo-Saxon Princess Hild on or around the year 647AD.  In addition, Alan will speculate upon the early origin of St. Hilda’s Church and its links to a possible monastic site, ending his talk with an illustrated summary.  Copies of Alan’s book will be available to buy at the meeting,

The meeting will be held in Room A, upstairs in Cleadon Park Library and runs from 5.15 to 6.45pm.  As always the members will be pleased to welcome visitors at a charge of £1.