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Heritage & Environment Group

Wednesday mornings between 10am -1pm.

St James Benwell, NE15 6RS

The Heritage & Environment Group is an independent voluntary organisation and registered charity based in Benwell whose aims are to explore and share the history of the west end of Newcastle and to promote the improvement of the historic graveyard of St James'. The Group meets weekly to maintain the graveyard of St James’ in Benwell, and to welcome visitors there.

At the moment, sessions are held on Wednesday mornings between 10am -1pm. Visitors are welcome to look around during these times. There are three interpretation boards on site which provide information about the history and environment of the graveyard. You can also read or download our two graveyard guides A Guide to St James’ Graveyard and A short history of St James’ Graveyard, Benwell.

If you would like an informal tour of the graveyard, contact the Group on

Please note that the graveyard is not normally accessible outside these hours. However requests for visits at other times will be considered.

The Group maintains a data-base of burials and memorials, and welcomes inquiries about people buried in the graveyard.


The Group welcomes help with maintaining the graveyard, whether as a regular or occasional volunteer.

For more information or to offer help, email us at or visit on a Wednesday between 10am-1pm.

Publications and Resources

The Group has produced a variety of books, heritage guides, films and other resources about the history of the west end. These can be accessed on our website and printed copies can be obtained from us. Contact Details Email: Write: c/o Sunnybank Centre, 12/14 Sunnybank Avenue, Pendower, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 6SD

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