In common with plenty of rural communities at the present time, small parishes are grouped into a larger unit with a single incumbent.
Our group consists of eight churches: Blanchland, Edmundbyers, Healey, Hunstanworth, Muggleswick, Slaley, Waskerley and Whittonstall.
Slaley is our biggest and most quickly growing congregation. It’s also where Methodists and Anglicans worship together, every week. Blanchland Abbey welcomes around 40,000 visitors every year – it is the very special heart of a village where the the former monastic buildings have been transformed into the modern village. As such it is unique in Britain.
Each church features a brief description, details of services, and contact numbers for the PCC (Parochial Church Council) and churchwardens. In many cases, information about the history and architecture of the church will be included, along with details of notable features.
Several of our churches are listed under the National Heritage List for England, the official database of all nationally designated heritage assets. Extracts from the List may be included for those churches.