The Parish of Ponteland

History of Holy Saviour

While there is archive evidence to suggest that a small chapel may have existed at Milbourne in the 12th and 13th centuries, no trace of it remains. In 1867, funded by gift and endowment of Miss Jane Anne Bates of Milbourne Hall, work began to build a church as a Chapel of Ease to the mother church of St Mary's, Ponteland.

The foundation stone was laid by Miss Bates on 15th May 1867 and an account of the ceremony in the Newcastle Daily Journal records that she did so "in a very elegant and workmanlike manner". Sadly she did not live to see the church consecrated on 27th February 1871, but her gift to the Parish is commemorated in a memorial tablet in St Mary's Church: "Her good works will be held in undying remembrance by her friends and relations the last of which was to build a chapel upon the estate and to provide liberally for the endowment."

In the year 2000 the plain glass of the west window was replaced with a new stained glass window to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Known as the Millennium Window and of contemporary design, it was funded by donations from the congregation and friends of Holy Saviour and symbolises the rural location of the church and the Northumbrian landscape beyond it. It was designed and made by Cate Wilkinson.

Originally intended as a place of worship for the Milbourne Hall estate family and local community, Holy Saviour now draws its members from a wider area and provides a traditional Anglican Service for a congregation averaging 30-35 people, at 11.15 am every Sunday. You would be very welcome to join us. The church is open at weekends and Bank Holidays through the summer, so you are welcome to drop in, say a prayer, and enjoy the peace and beauty of this church. An illustrated guidebook is available.

Photos from the top left corner; Rheredos, Church exterior from the south, Millennium window, Jane Bates Memorial, East window. At the centre is the interior of the church.

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