A couple of us volunteers at the Laing Art Gallery are recording details of a large archive of material relating to the Tyneside Victorian artist Ralph Hedley. Recently I came across two photos of a carved angel. The angel is holding up a church lectern, and on the back of the photo there’s notes mentioning Horden Church, and Jos. Potts & Son, architect.

It was not hard to discover that Horden is near Peterlee, and its church is St. Mary, which was designed by Joseph Potts and built in 1913.

J. Potts & Son, a prolific architects and surveyors practice, started in Sunderland, and it moved to Newcastle in about 1890. It finally closed in the 1950s.

But it’s not so easy to discover if the angel is still in Horden.

Do you know where this angel is?




2 Responses to Angel

  1. Cora Knowles says:

    I was wondering if you could help me. I’m writing an article about Hedley’s ecclesiastical carvings, and I was wondering if there was any material in the papers you’re cataloguing which deals with his church or cathedral carvings, particularly the figural ones.

    • John Millard says:

      Dec 3 at 5:09 PM
      Cora Knowles,

      The Ralph Hedley material I’m cataloguing went to the Laing from Ralph Hedley’s great grandson Julian Brown. I’m working in it as a volunteer and quite slowly!

      As material is catalogued it is available on Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums search site for its museum collections –

      If you want to search it I suggest that at first you tick the box which shows only items with images – and type something like – Hedley lecterns – into the search box.

      If you’d like to see this material or have any questions about it, please let me know.

      Julian Brown also gave material to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums archives collections –

      We also have an oral recording with a former apprentice of Roger Hedley, Ralph’s son. Please let me know if that might be of interest..

      John Millard

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