St Mary’s Church, Staindrop

formerly St Gregory’s - serving the community for 1250 years

 
 

Coronavirus update.

As things are changing and public worship is possible, there will be a celebration of Communion each week alternating between Ingleton and Staindrop.

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday we will be in Staindrop

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday we will be in Ingleton.


For those not able or willing to come in person, the service will also continue to be streamed and our services are streamed here.


The churches will be open for private prayer twice a week Sundays 9-12 and Wednesdays 12-3.  Although this will not be the case for those Sundays when there is a service in a particular church.

Similarly in the week we may have to suspend the opening for funerals etc.


Please remember, although our buildings offer limited opening times, prayer and worship still continue.


Remember the alternate service from the Church of England is a freephone telephone service offering music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services at the end of a telephone line for those without broadband.





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 Academy’ 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