NZ0737 : Wolsingham Parish Church from the south

taken 7 years ago, near to Wolsingham, County Durham, Great Britain

Wolsingham Parish Church from the south
Wolsingham Parish Church from the south
The Parish Church is dedicated to St Mary (a favourite of the Saxons and shared with Durham Cathedral) and St Stephen (popular with the Normans and the County Durham Prince Bishops) and dates back to C11th. It was almost entirely rebuilt in the Early English style over just 9 months in 1848-49 to the design of a local man, William Nicholson. Some of the earlier features were retained (such as the lower part of the original Norman tower) or remodelled at the time NZ0737 : Carved heads, Wolsingham Parish Church
The tower was heightened by 18 feet in 1856 and strengthened to hold a new peel of three bells.
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Wolsingham
Wolsingham is a small market town in County Durham situated where the Waskerley Beck joins the River Wear. It styles itself as the 'Gateway to Weardale'. It is an interesting and friendly place, bustling with life, but with many old and interesting buildings. It now serves a predominantly agricultural community but once had a thriving and important steel works.

My descriptions have been aided by the local book: Wolsingham: Gateway to Weardale by Elaine Ridley, Margaret Shepheard and Vivien Welsh (ISBN 0 953074 97 B)

Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

English Heritage learning zone: Wolsingham LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in Durham County Council collection: LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in the Beamish Museum People's Collection LinkExternal link

Wolsingham website: LinkExternal link
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Friday, 2 September, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 2 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0734 3739 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.8864N 1:53.2524W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0735 3736
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