Tyne & Wear
St Michael & All Angels Church is of Saxon foundation - the Saxon doorway and walls were discovered during excavations. There are hints of earlier non-Christian worship: probable remains of a Roman temple are under the chancel, and a whinstone boulder circle suggests a site of Neolithic worship. Today, you can see above ground a mix of Norman, Medieval (1300’s) and Victorian architecture.
The present Medieval building is set within a conservation area and together with the Kepier Hall and Almshouses is one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical complex in the region.
St Michael & All Angels houses the tomb of Bernard Gilpin, the ‘Apostle of the North’. Gilpin was Rector of Houghton from 1557 to 1583, a true disciple of Christ. Discover his love of the poor, his desire to provide schools, his courageous preaching and how he escaped a burning at the stake by ‘Bloody Queen Mary’.
Discover more about Houghton’s famous Rectors, Houghton Feast, and the Houghton dragons. Why were there riots in the churchyard? And who was black Douglas?
It’s all in here.
Open from Easter to 31 October.
Open from 11am to 1pm everyday except Sundays when it is open around service times or by appointment (07757927048)
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