£2,090raised of £3,000 target by 97 supporters

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

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 (www.wes.org.uk) 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 - https://parsonstown.info/people/rachel-parsons)
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 Baldasera4 days ago
    Ruth Baldasera

    Ruth Baldasera

    4 days ago

    Fundraising is still going well, people are still donating, so we will keep that open for a good while longer. In the meantime, here is an interesting sculpture which you may or may not realise is called 'Parsons Polygon', in Blackett Street, and is based on Parsons drawings. Historic England have listed it under number List entry Number: 1437311. 1982-85, designed by David Hamilton, commissioned by Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive to clad a concrete ventilation shaft for an underground Metro tunnel.

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  • Ruth Baldasera11 days ago
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    Ruth Baldasera

    11 days ago

    Talk at the Discovery Museum 10th April 6pm, by Geoff Horseman, Chief Turbine Engineer at Siemens (Keeper of the Historic Archive at C.A. Parsons Works). In 1913, people decided to build submarines powered by steam turbines named the “K Class”. We built many of the engines and these were successful, but the submarines were otherwise a disaster particularly in how they were used. Over 200 men lost their lives before the subs were decommissioned in the 1920s. If you’d like to know more, please come along. This is a free event.

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  • Ruth Baldasera22 days ago
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    Ruth Baldasera

    22 days ago

    The wonderful thing about this campaign is the number of people of who have donated because they really want to be a part of it, and I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support. This project is without doubt about the people, and their appreciation and understanding of Parsons. I have had the extremely kind offer of as much support as I need from two individuals who own two of Parsons former private residences, and once again would like to thank everyone who has contributed so far.

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Page last updated on: 3/23/2018 9:10 AM



  • Ian Patterson

    Ian Patterson

    Mar 23, 2018

    Cash received at the office from Ian Patterson (Cheshire) - "Dear Ruth, enclosed a contribution to the Charles Parsons fund."


  • Stephen Dunlop

    Stephen Dunlop

    Mar 19, 2018


  • Robert Ferguson

    Robert Ferguson

    Mar 18, 2018


  • Derek Oliver

    Derek Oliver

    Mar 17, 2018

    Well done Ruth


  • Michael Mitchinson

    Michael Mitchinson

    Mar 17, 2018


  • Moya Graham

    Moya Graham

    Mar 7, 2018

    You cannot underestimate the massive contribution C A Parsons made to the engineering world, in addition he provided employment for generations of Tyneside families. Gone but not forgotten!


  • Paul  Fraser

    Paul Fraser

    Mar 6, 2018

    An inspirational story and lasting legacy for the people. Well done.


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Ruth Baldasera

Ruth Baldasera

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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