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Weʼre raising £3,000 to Restore the final resting place of Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons ( at Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland.

Kirkwhelpington, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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Sir Charles and Lady Katharine Parsons passed away in the 1930s, and were buried in Kirkwhelpington. They had one son (Algernon) and one daughter (Rachel), but both children died unmarried and there were no grandchildren.

Parsons created Heaton Works in 1889, and the factory now owned by Siemens, still exists today, employing 600 people. At its peak there were over 12,000 personnel employed. Thousands of local people have benefited from employment at Parsons over the years, and hopefully the factory will go on to create jobs for many years to come. There are many places where you can read and learn about this extraordinary man, his achievements, his contribution to the North East and most people know of his record-breaking ship Turbinia which is at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

Lady Parsons was a founding member of the Women's Engineering Society in 1919 ( and served as the 2nd President of WES between 1922-1925, following her daughter, Rachel Parsons. Lady Parsons was an engineer of ability and had the distinction of being an Honorary Fellow of the North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders. At the time of her appointment she was the first lady to be elected an honorary fellow or honorary member of any British engineering society.

Major Algernon Parsons lost his life after 4 years service during WW1, and Rachel Parsons was a pioneering woman who took responsibility for training women for the Ministry of Munitions during WW1. (You can learn more about Rachel here -
Their family home at Wylam was handed over as a military hospital, and the factory made over 8000 searchlights during the Great War.

The stones need to be restored, and then I would like to leave the local parish a sum of money to look after the stones in the future.

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  • Ruth Baldasera2 days ago
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    2 days ago
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  • Ruth Baldasera3 days ago
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    Ruth Baldasera

    3 days ago

    Just a reminder for the service on the 13th - Film Crew will be in attendance so please take care whilst walking over any wiring. Hall opens at 1pm to gather, there are public toilets and the hall is suitable for disabled people. Service is at 2pm, anticipated to last about half an hour. Afternoon tea will be served in the hall, and please remember to sign the Book of Respect before you leave. The service will be beamed live into the hall should numbers exceed that allowed in the church. The graves are to your right when you enter the gate.

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  • Ruth Baldasera9 days ago
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    9 days ago

    October sees the anniversary of the birth of the Parsons only son, Algernon George, known as Tommy. Algernon was killed at Flanders in April 1918, and you can read his story in the scrapbook I have produced for the church. I have sent updates to a popular website known as for future researchers to see what we have achieved with this project. (Just a reminder - health and safety - there may be wires on the floor from the film crew next week in the church.)

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Page last updated on: 10/13/2018 4:43 PM



  • Siemens plc

    Siemens plc

    Oct 12, 2018

    Please accept this donation from Siemens to achieve your target. Great job Ruth


  • Steve Scrimshaw

    Steve Scrimshaw

    Oct 12, 2018

    Great work Ruth, a fitting tribute to all who have worked here.


  • Judith Carlyle

    Judith Carlyle

    Oct 12, 2018

    What you are doing is amazing. I worked at parsons in the late 1980’s to mid 90’s.


  • David Fleming

    David Fleming

    Aug 23, 2018

    Pleased to support the memory of Charles A Parsons who provided so much employment and prosperity to the north of England


  • Ian Murdoch

    Ian Murdoch

    Aug 21, 2018

    Ruth,We're very impressed by all the work you have so clearly done to get this and the event organised so well. We see the results of Parsons' work every day and yet don't seem to acknowledge it.


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    Aug 20, 2018

    Hopefully, target achieved, Well Done and Thank You Ruth!


  • Ian Miller

    Ian Miller

    Aug 12, 2018

    Glad to donate to the memory of Charles A. Parsons who has provided employment and friendships for so many people


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Ruth Baldasera

Ruth Baldasera

Kirkwhelpington, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I have been reading a lot recently about the Parsons family, and the huge impact of their work on the people of the local area. I am fascinated by the stories I have discovered about Charles and Katharine, their son and daughter, and their contribution during WW1.

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