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

Under the latest government ‘lockdown’ restrictions

Barnard Castle Parish Church will be open daily for private prayer from 10.00am – 4.00pm (however these times may change if a funeral is to take place in church). Please be mindful of instructions in church that help us slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

We are worshipping on Zoom at 10.00am on Wednesday mornings and at 10.15am on Sundays: please contact the clergy if you wish to receive the Zoom Code.

You do not have to be in a church building to be part of the church.

You can pray anywhere.

# Listen out for details of services on TV & Radio and join with others all around the country  when they are aired

 # Hunt out prayer resources online and join us in daily prayer

The Church of England Website is a good place to start

If you would like someone to pray with you over the phone you can call us: 

if we are out, please leave your name and a number on which you can be contacted

Vicar: Revd Canon Alec Harding   01833 637018

Curate: Revd Sarah Cliff              01833 316076


We are supported by colleagues: Geoff Lowson, Judith Walker-Hutchinson and Ian Blake and may ask them to contact and keep in touch with you.

Baptism, wedding and funeral enquiries should still come to the Vicar:

Revd Canon Alec Harding

01833 637018




Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up those who are brought low;

that we may find comfort knowing that nothing

can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord


St Mary's

General Information

The parish is composed of the Churches of St Mary’s Barnard Castle and St Mary’s, Whorlton, and is in the Auckland Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Durham. It serves the market town of Barnard Castle and the picturesque village of Whorlton along with their surrounding areas.

St Marys Barnard Castle

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..

St Marys WhorltonWe hope you will find the site interesting and informative. Please use the dropdown menus above or the links on each page to explore our site.

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Recent Changes

"Windows to the World" - NHLF Press Release

APCM Annual Report and Accounts for 2019. (Click Blue Text to Download File).

Heritage Fund - Windows to the World - Click Here

Building Works Have Started

What does the future hold for the Barnard Castle’s Pittuck Mural? - Click Here

What's On at St Mary's