Welcome to St Mary's

Welcome to the website for the Church of England Parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton in 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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Our website is still under development and more information is on its way. Please bear with us!


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 5 May 2021 / 18:00-19:00 GMT

What would a town be without its own artists and how important are art pieces for a towns cultural identity? Painted on the wall of St Mary’s Parish hall, just... Learn more ›

Wed 2 June 2021 / 18:00-19:00 GMT

Over the course of the last year, words like ‘pandemic’, ‘lockdown’, ‘infection rate’ and “death” have slowly been added to our daily vocabulary. A shock to most of us, the... Learn more ›

Mon 12 July - Fri 23 July 2021

Save the date! This July, Windows to the World Festival is celebrating the colourful history of the oldest church in Barnard Castle – through art, music, and history. And we... Learn more ›

Our people

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.

Visit Us

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.