St Mary’s Church, Staindrop

formerly St Gregory’s


Nestled in the valley between Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle on the main A688, Staindrop has been described as “quite simply one of the prettiest villages in County Durham.”  It stands as one of the gateways into Teesdale, with its long village greens making it a typical rural Durham village.  The village is also one of great antiquity with some evidence of neolithic activity, but it gained importance in the time of King Canute when he gave his manor at Staindrop and its surrounding ‘appendages’ (hamlets and houses) to the newly founded priory at Durham Cathedral in 1031.

The village has a number of businesses operating and two schools, the Church of England Primary school is about 100 metres from the church and the secondary school; ‘Staindrop School, a business and enterprise college’ which lies at the western extremity of the village.

The church itself stands at what was once the Easternmost end of the village next to the Langley Beck, just past the magnificent Raby Castle.

It is a mediaeval gem, based on an 8th Century Saxon foundation with some of the earlier saxon churches incorporated into the ‘newer’ building.


An historic gem