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The Church Wi' the Lantern Toor
Last updated: 02.02.20
The Church Wi' the Lantern Toor [Tower] was written by Alexander Barrass and published in his The Pitman's Social Neet in 1897. This is a sentimental song is about St. Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle Upon Tyne wherein the singer in five verses praises its beauty and tranquillity whilst remembering those various times in his life when he went there for different purposes. The cathedral gets its nickname from its unusual lantern spire. It was built in 1448 and for hundreds of years was the principal navigation mark for ships entering the River Tyne.
On a personal note as an old salt, St. Nicholas Cathedral is of special interest in that the building houses a memorial to Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, a hero of mine, and a memorial and final resting place of the much maligned (unwarranted in my opinion) Captain Bover.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook