Chancel and reredos of the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

Chancel and Reredos, The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas

Victorian architect: Robert James Johnson (1832-92)

Reredos: Stone-carver Robert Beall of Newcastle, with figures by James Sherwood Westmacott (1823-1900)

Wood-carver: Ralph Hedley (1848-1913)

Westmacott's work: 1887 (his last commission)

Main Victorian renovation: 1873 onwards

Johnson's work: c.1882 onwards

Wood-carving on the choir stalls etc, later 1880s onwards


Named after St Nicholas as patron saint of sailors and voyagers, the cathedral was long used as a navigation point for sailors on the Tyne, and is still a city landmark. [Commentary continues below.]