History: Engraving

An empty Winston Church Hill?

Observe, carefully, the changes brought by passage of time within this sublime northerly view up from the Tees.

Atop the hill one can see, in faint outline, the late Georgian rectory with its hanging gardens and the isolated hill top low built church of St. Andrews, Winston described by Pevsner as being:” Early English-1190-1250- in Gothic architectural style”

The village buildings along the horizon are not depicted – making us wonder, were they even standing in 1830’s? – whilst the west end of the church has no visible, now familiar, spire.

The bell tower spire, added in1848 by Newcastle architect John Dobson when he restored the ancient church, was not yet the local landmark it has since become.

This engraving was likely to have been commissioned by County Durham antiquary, Surtees in the 1830’s for his County Durham historical volumes, eventually published for local subscribers in 1840, hence the absence of the St. Andrews spire along with the prominent village housing that now clings to the crest of the south facing hill above the Tees.

Written by Mark Samuelson

Mark was fascinated by history from an early age; he still is. After a 1978 University B.A. in American History before working for The History Channel, after which he completed an M.A. in The History of the English Country House at Leicester University in 2011. Amongst a busy schedule of eclectic activities he now makes artisan cheese in Little Newsham.

April 24, 2022

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  1. Ann mcbain

    What a wonderful start!


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