Welcome to St Mary's

Welcome to the website for the Church of England Parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton, Teesdale, in South West County Durham.


Latest Update

January 2021 lockdown arrangements: St. Mary’s is open for private prayer each weekday from 10.00am – 4.00pm. (These arrangements are subject to change in the event of a funeral in church)

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Exploring the heritage of St Mary’s

St Mary’s Parish Church has partnered with DigVentures to launch Windows to the World, an interactive project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to revitalise the church.

Besides necessary restorations, the project aims at refocusing St Mary’s position in the town and turning it into a heritage destination while still keeping its purpose as a house of worship.

Windows to the World

What's On

We're running a series of online talks and events

Wed 7 April 2021 / 18:00-19:00 GMT

Have you ever wondered what lurks just under the surface of the river Tees, behind a tree, or amongst the wafts of mist on a dusky evening? Or what happens... Learn more ›

Revd Canon Alec Harding

Revd Canon Alec Harding


As a traditional country parish we seek to be faithful in our worship of God and in sharing in His mission and many centuries of loving care of countless hearts and hands have given us a priceless heritage in these ancient buildings. We aim to embrace all with His love and can assure you of a warm welcome at any of our services and hope that you will feel something of the atmosphere of prayer, and thanksgiving which is so characteristic of our historic English churches if and when you visit us.

Visitor FAQs

If you are interested in exploring one of our churches, attending a service or visiting for private prayer you might find our Visitor FAQs helpful in planning your trip.