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Not enough bits and bobs to post yet, but here’s some more history and edumacation about the North East, and in particular Hebburn, a 10 minute drive down the road from me. Following on from the Winter Fair, Sophie and I noticed a tall spire in the not-too-distance and went off to explore which led to some interesting finds.

Firstly this is St.Andrews church as we walked down the road.

St.Andrews church

St.Andrews church

It looked very grand, but as we came closer it became apparent that the lower building to the left was separate from the church.

The roof of the lower building was well habited..


We could see there were builders stuff about, scaffolding and the like, and could here banging coming from inside. We poked our heads in and Sophie went into action shooting while I tried to engage a worker, but he didn’t speak English. I was quite surprised to see the painting they were installing..


at which point a gentleman wearing trappist monk robes came up to me and asked what we were doing. I said we were just looking round and asked what was happening, he told me the church is being renovated and being turned into a buddhist meditation centre and it would be best if we were to come back at a later time, when it’s finished i.e politely chucked us out 🙂 Sophie was oblivious as she was shooting the ceiling at the time,


so I hollered to her and we skedaddled.

We walked around the front of the buildings and found that the lower building was a girls school,


but obviously not in use.  We took some more shots of the exterior of the church, and found out what is to become of the church.








After we finished we walked down to the riverside, and came across a large abandoned building, we didn’t know what it was all about but this gave me a clue for further research..


Hawthorn Leslie, it turns out, was a company formed by the merger of the shipbuilder A.Leslie & Company  in Hebburn with the locomotive works of R and W Hawthorn  at St.Peter’s in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1886. With the demise of the shipbuilding industry, the company close in 1982, and though the building was sold it now stands derelict. We couldn’t find a way in but took some shots from the outside.





In doing a bit of fact finding I found that Andrew Leslie (of Hawthorn & Leslie)was quite a guy, and instrumental in both these buildings.

I wonder what he’d think of it now becoming a buddhist meditation centre!  The church was sold in 2013 for £100.000, which doesn’t seem that much, but they’re spending £500,000 on the renovation.  I for one am pleased that the church will be preserved, although the interior has all gone. And it will be interesting to see the transformation and see the festivals when they happen. I checked it out on the local news and it’s planned that services will be held on a monthly basis, and will be open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. I might just pop along!

Anyways, back to work tomorrow,


😉 ❤


30 comments on “The Sunday Fraggle report~Hebburn edition.

  1. kmSalvatore says:

    Amazing brick work Fraggy, and History…… If my grandpa lived over there.. He mostly likely would have been putting those up, as He was a fine bricklayer… And His family constructed a good deal of Bflo….. Back in the day;) of course.

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    1. Well one day you must do a post about the life of your grandpa, that would be so interesting. With photos of course 😊

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      1. kmSalvatore says:

        That would take some doing, but I might be able to do something….. 😉

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        1. Cool, a project 😊

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          1. kmSalvatore says:

            It’ll take some doing.. And a bit of traveling but I’ll give it a shot…..for you😉

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          2. Fab, I’m coming along for the ride, at least in my ❤️ and head.

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          3. kmSalvatore says:

            Sounds like a plan;) Stan

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  2. Francis.R. says:

    Perhaps he would be glad that his builing is still to care the spirit =)
    Thank you, Fragglerocking. Namaste.

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    1. I think so Francis, he sounds a lovely man.

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  3. MarySmyth says:

    Oh my what gorgeous old buildings. Well at least the building is not going to be torn down, but made good use of & not turned into condos 😄

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    1. Yes, I like to think that God and Buddha will have some fine times together here. Thanks Mary 😊


  4. Jay says:

    What an interesting little discovery. You have a real knack for composing photos for maximum contrast.

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  5. lolabees says:

    What interesting changes to the church. I love the blue window photo!! Hope you’re well, fraggs

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    1. Hi Lola yes am as well as can be under the circumstances, which is my all time fave response 😊 I know from your FB that you’re having a blast with your new career and am enjoying seeing your smiley face. Good job lady! 😊


  6. What an impressive building. And the colors of you images feel as if they are glowing. As long as people care for buildings like that I don’t care which religion they belong to. Besides all the maniacs in this world they seem to have a program which will support the city and society. I think it will be interesting to hear your impressions if you go there. A very informative and well-made report, Fraggy. As usual. ;-). Smiles. Reinhold

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    1. CheersReinhold, will definitely be going back 😊

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  7. melissajane14 says:

    How exciting! You don’t need to go too far to see the world because eventually the world will come to you…Or at least a bit of Thailand. It’s great that they could put the old Presbyterian church to use, but it’s a shame they had to cancel the ball game 😛
    Please keep us updated!

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    1. Will do, am looking forward to a bit of Thailand coming to Hebburn, I loved the people when I went there, must post the pics up on the film blog. 😊 cheers Melissa.

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      1. melissajane14 says:

        Yes! I’d love to see them 🙂

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  8. Such beautiful images!! England is full of so many cool buildings- I miss it!!

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    1. And I miss the landscapes of America, let’s swap!

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      1. Deal!! Except I’m heading out to Barcelona in a week! Then over to England for awhile!

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        1. I live in England! Which bit are you coming to? Hopefully mine, which is the most awesome. 😊

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          1. I’ll be in Brighton, one of my favorite cities in the world! Although I’ll probably be up in Blackpool now and again because I have a lot of family there! Are you in the New Castle area?

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          2. Yes that’s my city, I live on the outskirts 😊

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    1. Yes, I presume there’ll be a fair amount of that going on. Cheers Graham. 😊

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  9. I’ve read that numerous churches are closing in the UK.

    Some I’ve heard are becoming mosques 🕌.

    This is the first I’ve read where one has become a Buddhist meditation Center.

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    1. That’s happening all over Europe, as Christianity is declining, and Islam is rising. They are also being converted to bars and nightclubs, apartments and galleries. There’s another Buddhist centre out of a church in North London, but that’s the only other one I can find.

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