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Annfield Plain, St. Aidan. It dates from 1925, 1928, or 1929-30, according to the source consulted. It was closed in 2016 according to this source, which is the one which dates it to 1925, and it says it replaced a temporary Mission Hall. Map evidence shows that this was on the same site, dating back to the early 1920's. NZ 1725 5125. Bill Henderson.
Aycliffe, St. Andrew. NZ 2830 2216. Bill Henderson. Another view, an unusual heart-shaped memorial in the graveyard (there is another), two of the interior - 1, 2, the two Saxon cross-shafts - 1, 2, and the early font, all
Chris Stafford (2015). Grade I listed. The churchyard has additional listed features - a tomb, a headstone, and the war memorial - these can be seen here. The 25" O.S. map of 1897 shows two chapels, unhelpfully not identified beyond that. One stood on East Row, on the east side of the village green, at NZ 2853 2249. Evidently demolished, modern housing now stands on the site, as seen here in a 2016 Streetview. This source identifies it as Primitive Methodist, and it also has an interior photo. The other chapel stands (or stood) on The Wynd, at NZ 2840 2240. The Streetview van hasn't passed by as yet.
Howard Richter has pointed me to a directory of 1879, wherein it says The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have places of worship, so it's reasonable to assume that the chapel on The Wynd was Wesleyan. He has also advised of this source which mentions that in 1829 the local Wesleyan congregation had a barn "furnished to accommodate 40 people and later became a chapel for 200 worshippers". Can you advise if it survives, or contribute a photo?

Baldersdale, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, dating from 1861. NY 9487 1942. Steve Bruce. A map of 1893 shows a Chapel of Ease & School at NY 9465 1930. By the time of a 1912 map, it had become just School. It was a "Field Centre" in 2012, used by a Middlesbrough school (source). Exactly which of the group of buildings was the chapel is not apparent from the map, so here are two 2009 Streetviews - 1, 2.
Barnard Castle.
Barningham, St. Michael and All Angels. Interior view. NZ 0853 1045. The former Wesleyan Methodist Church, now a private residence, dates from 1815. NZ 0830 1026. All Alan Blacklock.
Beamish, the former Pit Hill Methodist Chapel (previously Wesleyan, built 1854), now re-erected at the Beamish Museum. Pit Hill was the previous name of Beamish village. Interior view. Both Steve Bulman. Another church has recently  been re-erected here - St. Helen from Eston near Middlesbrough -
see news story.
Bearpark and Bearpark Colliery, Methodist Church (1963-4). The 2016 Streetview provides another view. NZ 2393 4307. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1883), now derelict. The 2010 Streetview reveals a very similar appearance, though it does show that it was for sale at that time. NZ 2392 4349. Primitive Methodist Church (1884)
. Since Steve took his photo, the chapel has been demolished. NZ 2386 4355. All Steve Bruce. The local Anglican church is St. Edmund, which stands at NZ 2392 4315. Streetview shows it in 2009. The Grade II listing dates it to 1877-9; the churchyard gates and walls, etc. are listed separately, also as grade II. The former Methodist New Connexion Chapel (later United Methodist) stands, converted to residential use, at NZ 2368 4363. It can be seen on 2010 Streetviews here and here. The Wesleyan seems to have been closed by 1940, though the Primitive and United Methodist Chapels both seem to have still been active at the time of an O.S. map of 1958 vintage. Presumably both of these were closed before 1964, when the present Methodist church was opened.
Belmont, Durham - see Durham (City).
Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.
Bishop Auckland.
Bishop Middleham, the 12th century St. Michael and All Angels, on Church Street. NZ 328 312. Richard Roberts (2019). Link. Grade II* listed.
Bishopton, St. Peter. NZ 365 212. Alan Blacklock (2010). Link1. Link2. Grade II listed.
Blackhall, St. Andre
w on Hesleden Road and The Crescent. NZ 4575 3935. Colin Coates. A 2009 Streetview provides a different view. St. Joseph (R.C.) on Coast Road can be seen in a 2009 Streetview. NZ 4597 3919. Link. Blackhall Methodist Church on Middle Street and Ninth Street was built as Primitive Methodist, and it can be seen in 2016 here. NZ 4559 3966. There was (or is?) a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Hesleden Road, directly opposite the south-west end of Second Street, at NZ 4584 3939. Seen here in 2009, the first map available to me which shows it (though only as Methodist) is the 1938 (it's not shown on the 1919 map). This source mentions baptism records for 1917-1957. It's unclear whether the building behind the more modern frontage is the chapel or not. A Salvation Army Hall once stood at NZ 4571 3972. It shows on maps of the late 1950's to mid-1970's, but had been demolished before a map of 1988 was drawn up. In this 2016 Streetview, the site is behind the brick wall, though the wall itself is probably not a remnant, as the hall stood a little further back from the road.
Blackhill, Consett - see Consett.
Boldron, Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
Bournmoor, St. Barnabas. Bill Henderson. Another view. James Murray.
Bowburn, Christ the King. Designed by Harold Wharfe in the 1960's, Percival describes this as "one of the most bizarre I've ever seen". It would be hard to disagree. Percival Turnbull. Percival has advised (Sept 2007) that permission to demolish the dome has been granted, though the "spire", which he describes as looking like a "crashed aeroplane" will remain. Despite these intentions, high winds intervened, and the spire fell in 2009, the rest of the church having been demolished two years earlier. Some photos of the new church, built in 2008, are available here. Link. Christ the King's predecessor was St. John's Mission Church. It stands on the main road at NZ 3049 3803, and was built in 1924, and apparently sold in 1967, when the building of Christ the King was already underway, though it wasn't completed until 1978 (reference for the dates). The Mission Church is now in residential use - (2016 Streetview). Martin Richter (2019). Bowburn Methodist Church, Bill Henderson.
Bowes, St. Giles. Pevsner is less than complementary about the restoration in 1865. David Regan (2018). Link. Grade II listed.
Bowlees, the former Methodist Chapel, now a Visitor Centre. NY 906 282. Steve Bruce.
Brancepeth, St. Brandon. The charming porch. Both Peter Morgan (2013). LinkGrade I listed - note that the listing pre-dates a terrible fire in 1998 which destroyed the woodwork for which the church was noted.
Brandon, Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
Brignall, St. Mary. NZ 072 123. Philip Kapp. Another view. Alan Blacklock.
Browney Lane, Methodist Church, dating from 1929. Steve Bruce.
Burnopfield, St. James. Methodist Church. Both Bill Henderson. The remains of the 14th century Low Friarside Chapel. NZ 16245 57867. Photo taken on behalf of Carole Sage (2018). Link. Grade II* listed.
Byers Green, St. Peter the Apostle. Methodist Church. Both Alan Blacklock.

Carrville, Durham - see Durham (City).
Cassop, Methodist Church (1960-1) on Front Street. Since Bill took his photo, the church has been closed. An undated auction sale notice mentions planning permission for conversion to residential use. NZ 3460 3846. Bill Henderson. A Primitive Methodist Chapel of 1842 stood off Front Street, on what is today an area of housing almost encircled by Wilson Close. Its site is behind the garages in this Streetview of 2009. It seems to have gone out of use by 1940. NZ 3457 3837. A Wesleyan Chapel of 1842 (listed as High Street Methodist Church in 1940) stood on Front Street at NZ 3435 3825. Its site is within the trees seen in this 2010 Streetview. Presumably this continued as the village Methodist Church until the 1961 one was opened. A map of 1978 shows that it had been demolished by then.
Castle Eden, St. James. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.
Castleside, St. John the Evangelist (1867), on Church Street. NZ 077 487. Bill Henderson. Since Bill took his photo, an extension has been added, seen here, Mike Berrell (2012). Link.
Chester-le-Street.
Chester Moor, former Methodist Chapel (originally Wesleyan), now a model shop. Next door stands a restaurant formerly known as "God's Kitchen". This newspaper article says it is a former church. Both James Murray. Despite the article, a later one (after the restaurant changed hands) owns up to its earlier mistake. This had never been a church, but had instead been a working man's club. My appreciation to Howard Richter for his researches clearing up this confusion.
Chilton, St. Aidan. The town Wikipedia entry dates the church to 1930, a re-build of its predecessor (burnt down) of 1877. Oddly, this earlier church doesn't appear on large scale O.S. maps from the turn of the 19th-20th century. NZ 2875 2993. Bill Henderson. Windlestone Methodist Church on Durham Road was originally Wesleyan. A newspaper story about conversion plans mentions a building date of 1913-14. NZ 2852 2941. Alan Blacklock. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, all
Karel Kuča (2019). A Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, perhaps predecessor of Windlestone, is shown on the 25" O.S. map of 1892-1914, at NZ 2905 2940. Its site lies under the road (The Grove) seen here in a Streetview of 2010. The 1" map of 1953 marks a place of worship a short distance from St. Aidan, at NZ 2866 2996. On Victoria Road, what must be the former church can be seen here in a 2009 Streetview. It's labelled on maps of the 1920's and 1930's as Meth Ch., but I haven't been able to find any further information about it.
Chilton Lane, the site of St. Luke Mission Church, as seen by the Streeview van in 2009. It stood directly opposite Church Street, at the left end of the terrace of houses. It pre-dates a map of 1897, and had evidently been enlarged by 1939. A Wikipedia article dates it to 1878. I've been unable to establish a closure date, but it seems to have been active at least into the late 1980's. NZ 3037 3115. A Primitive Methodist Chapel stood a short distance south of St. Luke, on the opposite side of the road, at NZ 3042 3110. This too was enlarged at some point, as its footprint on old maps demonstrates. It survived as Methodist into the 1980's, and was built before 1897. The Streetview van passed its vacant site in 2009. The Wesleyans had a presence too, at Ferryhill Station, NZ 3025 3174. Again pre-dating a map of 1897, the last map I have access to which labels it is from 1939. It's site can be seen on a 2009 Streetview.
Cockfield, St. Mary the Virgin. Alan Blacklock.
Cold Hesledon, the former United Methodist Chapel, now in residential use. A study of old maps show that it was built after WWI, and before 1932. Marked as "Meth. Ch" on a map of 1967, and as "Factory" on one of 1973-82. It was successor to an earlier church which stood at about NZ 4095 4685. An 1896 map has it as Free United, and as U. M. Church in 1919, but it had vanished by the time of the 1939 map. Another view. NZ 4100 4714. Both Howard Richter (2019).
Consett.
Cornforth, Wesleyan Chapel. Bill Henderson. Church of the Holy Trinity (1867) on The Green. NZ 312 344. Richard Roberts (2017). Grade II listed.
Cornriggs, Primitive Methodist Chapel. Martin Briscoe.
Cornsay Colliery. The site of the Methodist New Connexion Chapel (later United Methodist) can be seen on a 2016 Streetview. It pre-dates the 1895-6 25" O.S. map, and was apparently still active in 1940. NZ 1707 4331. A search for old photos has so far been unrewarded. 

Cotherstone, Methodist Chapel. NZ 012 198. Philip Kapp. Former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Steve Bruce. Congregational Church. Steve Bruce.
Coundon.
Cowshill, St. Thomas. NY 855 406. Martin Briscoe.
Coxhoe.
Craghead, St. Thomas. NZ2150. Craghead Methodist Church. NZ 2150. Both Bill Henderson.
Crook.
Croxdale, St. Bartholomew. Bill Henderson. The private chapel (R.C.) at Croxdale Hall, added to the Hall in 1807. Interior view. Both Alan Blacklock. Also in the grounds of the hall stands a C12 chapel, now disused. Interior view. Both Alan Blacklock. Link.

Dalton-le-Dale, St. Andrew. Two further views - 1, 2. All James Murray.
Darlington.
Delves Lane, near Consett, Methodist Chapel. Dave Foreman.
Dipton, St. John the Evangelist. Dave Foreman. Another view. Alan Blacklock. Now closed - see disposal notice.
Durham.

Eaglescliffe, Trinity Methodist Church on Witham Avenue, built as Primitive Methodist (1901-2). Two additional views - 1, 2. NZ 4245 1540. All Howard Richter (2011). Another view, Karel Kuča (2019).
Easington, St. Mary the Virgin. Bill Henderson.
East Briscoe, the former Free Gospel Chapel (1905), now in use as a holiday let called The Old Chapel. NY 9785 1947. Steve Bruce. A 2009 Streetview provides another view. According to this source, it was successor to the now ruinous Freewill House which stands nearby at NY 9775 1939. It can be seen on a 2009 Streetview, and the source already mentioned has additional photos.
East Hedleyhope, Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
East Howle, the derelict St. Columbus, as seen by the Streetview van in 2010. It stands a short distance north-east of the village at NZ 2971 3425. A Primitive Methodist Chapel once stood at the western end of the village, at NZ 2911 3380. Later maps label it as Bethesda Tabernacle (Assemblies of God). The site is now down to grass (from a satellite view), but the Streetview van hasn't been passed the site. A Christian Lay Church (later Independent Methodist) stood near the eastern end of the village, at NZ 2935 3386. Again, Streetview hasn't seen it, but from a satellite view the site of it seems to lie beneath the east-end house and garden built on the site of the original terraced housing.
Eastgate, All Saints. The former Cuthbert Bainbridge Memorial Wesleyan Chapel, dating from 1891, and now in residential use. Both Alan Blacklock. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, all Peter Morgan (2013).
Ebchester, St. Ebba or Ebbe. From an old postcard (franked 1909) in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. NZ 104 555. Bill Henderson. And another Steve Bulman (2015). Link (with a useful history).
Edmundbyers, St. Edmund on Church Lane. Two interior views - 1, 2. NZ 015 499. Grade II listed - link. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel has been in use as the Village Hall since about 1946. Mike was advised by the church warden that prior to this, it had been for some time a training centre for Methodist ministers. NZ 017 501. All Mike Berrell (2012).
Egglesburn, Baptist Chapel. Steve Bruce. Previously listed as "previously Methodist", my thanks to Kevin Price for advising that this church has always been Baptist, having been built "for Calvinistic or Particular Baptists" in 1872.
Egglescliffe, St. John the Baptist
. NZ 4205 1315. Bill Henderson. Interior view, Kenneth Paver (2015). Link. The grade I listing advises of a Saxon predecessor on the same site, and a Norman south doorway in the present church.
Eggleston, Holy Trinity. NY 998 237. The remains of the Old Church at Eggleston Hall. Link. Methodist Church. The adjacent Sunday School has a date-stone for 1881. All Bill Henderson.
Egglestone Abbey - see Barnard Castle.
Eldon, St. Mark. Alan Blacklock.
Elwick, St. Peter (K) at Elwick Hall. The church notice-board says "C. 1190 A.D.". Three additional views - 1, 2, 3. NZ 453 320. Link. Grade II* listed. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. The date-stone beneath the apex of the roof has been completely defaced. It has evidently not been used as a church for many decades, as the 1939 map shows it as "Inst.". NZ 456 323. All Martin Richter (2011).
Escomb,
the Saxon church (no known dedication, though old O.S. maps label it as St. John's). Built at least partly from stones from the nearby Binchester Roman fort, it was in routine parochial use until 1860, and is said to be the most complete Saxon church in the land. Services are still held here. NZ 1893 3014. Bill Henderson. Another view, the sun-dial, two of the interior - 1, 2, and the font, all Peter Morgan (2019). Link1. Link2 (scroll down). Grade I listed. Old O.S. maps shows two chapels - a Primitive Methodist and a Wesleyan. The P.M. stood a short way south-west of the church. Now demolished, a Streetview of 2009 shows its site - it stood beneath the large tree at the right, and under the adjacent roadway. A photo of it is available here, where it also says it was taken over by the Salvation Army between the wars. The Wesleyan chapel has also gone. It stood on the road heading south from the village, at NZ 1890 3002. A house now stands on the site, seen by the Streetview van in 2009. I've been unable to find any further information about it, except that it seems to have survived at least into the 1970's.
Esh, St. Michael and All Angels (a 1770 re-build on a medieval site), which can be seen on a 2010 Streetview. NZ 1967 4403. Link (and useful history). Grade II listed. St. Michael (R.C., 1789-90, with later additions). In this 2009 Streetview, the church is the building at the end of the drive. NZ 1901 4370. Link (which has a good history, and interior photos). Grade II listed.
Esh Winning, Methodist Church. Wesleyan Methodist Church at Newhouse. Both Steve Bruce.
Evenwood, St. Paul. Cornerstone Christian Centre. Link. Both Alan Blacklock.

Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees - see Stockton-on-Tees.
Ferryhill.
Finchale, the Priory. James Murray. Link.
Fishburn, St. Catherine (1922) on Front Street, as seen by the Streetview van in 2010. NZ 3621 3221. Link. A chapel of ease is attested to (source) in the 16th century, but its location isn't specified. The site of a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on the south side of Front Street (the house with pinkish roof-tiles) as seen by Streetview in 2010. NZ 3628 3215. This is probably the Methodist dated here to 1846. The Methodist Church which we must assume was the successor to the Wesleyan Chapel stood on the opposite side of the road, and a little further east, at NZ 3636 3220. It too has gone and two bungalows occupy the site - seen here in a 2010 Streetview. The National Archives references documents relating to the Methodists in Fishburn for 1918 to 1992.
Forest in Teesdale, St. James the Less. NY 855 308. Former Methodist Church, originally Wesleyan. NY 871 295. Both Alan Blacklock. Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Church. NY 875 294. Steve Bruce.

Framwellgate Moor, Durham - see Durham (City).
Frosterley, St. Michael & All Angels. Bill Henderson. Methodist Church, built as Primitive Methodist in 1861. Bill Henderson. Another view, and the handsome date-stone, both Peter Morgan (2013).

Gainford, St. Mary, on The Green. Another view. NZ 1697 1668. Both Alan Blacklock. Another view, carved medieval slabs in the porch, two interior views - 1, 2, and the font, all Chris Stafford (2015). Link. Grade I listed. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (dating from 1834) also on The Green. NZ 1697 1676. Alan Blacklock. St. Osmund (R.C.) on Main Road. Another view. NZ 1718 1698. Both Alan Blacklock. Interior view, Mike Forbester. Older maps indicate an Independent/Congregational Chapel on Main Road, at NZ 1712 1689, a little way west of the R.C. Church. It pre-dates a map of 1858, and appears to have gone out of use between 1954 and the mid-1970's. At least a part of it seems to have survived - see the building to the right of the white conservatory in this Streetview of 2009.
Gilesgate Moor, Durham - see Durham (City).
Grassholme - see Lunedale, below.
Great Lumley.
Greatham, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. Independent Methodist Church. All Alan Blacklock.

Hamsterley, Christ Church. NZ 1156. Bill Henderson. Methodist Church, originally Primitive Methodist, Peter Morgan (2013). Link. Baptist Church (1774). Another view. Both Peter Morgan (2013). Link.
Hart, St. Mary Magdalene. Colin Coates. Link.
Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees - see Stockton-on-Tees.
Hartlepool.
Harwood, Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
Haswell, St. Paul, on Church Street. This was initially a chapel-of-ease to St. Saviour at Shotton Colliery. NZ 3746 4316. Bill Henderson. Another view,
Martin Richter (2019). According to this article, the church was dedicated in 1867. A photo of the interior is available here. Link. Although not listed, the war memorial in the churchyard is, as grade II. A Primitive Methodist Chapel (1839-1941) once stood at NZ 3724 4293. The site has been cleared and is just an area of grass today - it can be seen here on a 2008 Streetview. It stood just a few yards from the junction. Link1. Link2. The Wesleyans had a presence too. Their chapel survived as the Methodist Church until 2020, and stands on Church Street. It's evidently a re-build on the site of the original building, as its appearance, and larger footprint on old maps, testifies. A photo of the old chapel is available here (and the photo also supplies a date of 1849), and its interior here. NZ 3734 4308. St. James Christian Spiritualist Church stood at NZ 3729 4243 on Mazine Terrace. Built by 1939, it survived until at least 1991. Given its decades-long existence, it's surprising that I can find no on-line references to it. Demolished, it has been reverted to grass, as the Streetview of 2008 shows. O.S. maps mark a site at High Haswell as "Chapel (site of)" in a field called Chapel Garth, at NZ 3649 4380. Unfortunately the Streetview van hasn't been near the site. It is referenced here.
Haswell Moor, the site of a demolished Primitive Methodist Chapel on Salter's Lane, as seen by the Streetview van in 2019. NZ 3850 4158.
Haswell Plough, the former Primitive Methodist Chapel, as seen by Streetview in 2019. NZ 3733 4208. Link, which tentatively dates it to 1877. The village also at one time had a Mission Room, since demolished. Houses now stand on the site, as seen by Streetview in 2019. NZ 3722 4210.
Hawthorn, St. Michael and All Angels (1862). Colin Coates.  Link.
Heighington, St. Michael.
Its grade I listing says it has much pre-Norman fabric. Interior view. NZ 2490 2236. Both Alan Blacklock. Another view, a Norman doorway, and the font, all Chris Stafford (2015). Link. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1872), currently (2008) being converted into a private residence. NZ 2494 2242. Alan Blacklock.
Helmington Row, the former Primitive Methodist Chapel (1913), now a private residence. Peter Morgan (2013).
Hesleden, Methodist Church. Colin Coates.
High Coniscliffe, St. Edwin. Alan Blacklock.
High Shincliffe, the site of the demolished United Methodist Chapel on Avenue Street, as seen by the Streetview van in 2019. The two houses are on roughly the same footprint as the chapel. NZ 2969 4003. The Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Chapels, at Shincliffe Colliery, have also been demolished. They stood at each end of a long terrace, which has been demolished completely - even the road has gone. The P.M. stood at NZ 3003 4000, and the Wesleyan at NZ 2995 4003. A 2009 Streetview shows the strip of grass where the terrace and chapels once stood.
Holwick, former Primitive Methodist Chapel. Steve Bruce.
Horden, St. Mary. Colin Coates. Link.
Houghton le Side, Methodist Church. Martin Briscoe.
Hunstanworth, St. James (1862). Two interior views - 1, 2. NY 949 490. All Mike Berrell (2012). Two additional views - 1, 2, both Bill Henderson (2013). Link. Grade II listed.
Hutton Henry, St. Francis; built as a WWII war memorial. Bill Henderson.
Hutton Magna, St. Mary. Alan Blacklock.

Ingleton, St. John the Evangelist. NZ 174 206. Steve Bulman. Interior view, Alan Blacklock. Methodist Church. NZ 175 206. Steve Bulman.
Ireshopeburn, High House Chapel (Methodist). Originally Wesleyan, a board declares it to be "The oldest Methodist Chapel to have held weekly services since its foundation in 1760". The same claim is made for the Methodist Church in Newbiggin (for which, see below). Another view. NY 8726 3854. All Martin Richter (2017). Link. Grade II listed.

Kelloe.
Kinninvie
, the former Mission Church. Alan Blacklock (2014).
Kirklevington, St. Martin. Bill Henderson.
Kirk Merrington, St. John the Evangelist. Bill McKenzie. Another view. Bill Henderson.

Laithkirk, Church of the Holy Barn. NY 954 240. Bill Henderson (2009). Link.
Lanchester, All Saints. Dave Foreman. Another view. Bill Henderson.
Langley Moor, the former Willis Memorial Methodist Church, now a garage. Steve Bruce. St. Patrick (R.C.), Peter Morgan (2013). Link.
Lartington, the former St. Laurence, now converted into a private residence. David Regan (2018). Link.
Leadgate.
Little Newsham, possible former church. This is probably the chapel belonging to Newsham Hall. Alan Blacklock (2014).
Littletown, the former Methodist Church on Cross Stree (1858-1979, see here), was originally Wesleyan, and served the local mining community. NZ 3392 4352. Colin Coates. Four additional views - 1, 2, 3, 4, and the "date-stone", all
Martin Richter (2019). A Streetview of 2009 shows that, at that time, it was undergoing extensive refurbishment. Another Streetview of 2016 shows the finished result.
Ludworth, the site of St. Andrew, destroyed by fire in the early 1980's. The street sign seen in the photo says St. Andrew's Court. The church, which was of wooden construction, was put up in 1902. NZ 360 414.
Martin Richter (2019). Photos of the church are available here and here. According to the Harrison & Harrison (Organ Builders) website, the organ was transferred to St. Aidan at Acomb, York, implying that the church had closed prior to the fire which destroyed it. A Primitive Methodist Chapel stood on Margaret Street at NZ 3624 4144. The site, as seen by the Streetview van in 2010, is now occupied by a bungalow. It seems to date from the mid-1890's, and the latest map I can find which labels it (as Meth. Ch.) is of 1951-2. The 1958-60 map shows what appears to be the same building as Warehouse. The village also had a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, also demolished. It stood at NZ 3610 4153, and was built at roughly the same time as the P.M. Chapel. The buildings in the area had been demolished by the late 1930's, and sports fields are now in their place. The chapel stood about halfway to the distant trees in this 2010 Streetview.
Lumley - see Great Lumley.
Lunedale, the site of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, as seen by the Streetview van in 2009. It stood in the hollow a little closer to the camera than the three sheep
. This source says that it was a tin tabernacle. Old maps indicate a building date between 1895 and 1914, with demolition before 1957. NY 9170 2201. The former Plantation End Methodist Chapel (in a remote location on the north side of Selset reservoir), previously listed under Grassholme, was originally Primitive Methodist (1888). NY 9120 2195. Philip Kapp. Another view, Bill Henderson (2009). By the time the Streetview van was passing in 2015, the building was unroofed, the result of a fire post-2012, but subsequently put back into good order, and presumably residential (source). The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1865 - source) at Thringarth (previously listed under Tringarth). NY 9307 2292. Steve Bruce.

Meadowfield, St. John the Evangelist. Peter Morgan (2013). Link.
Medomsley, St. Mary Magdalene. Dave Foreman.
Metal Bridge, the grassed-over site of a Primitive Methodist Chapel, as seen by the Streetview van in 2018. Even the neighbouring roads and buildings have gone. The best that can be said is that it stood well along the hedge-line in the distance. NZ 2997 3481. The village also had a Methodist Church, originally New Connexion, and later United Methodist. Also demolished, it stood on Bridge Street at NZ 2990 3497, and its site can be seen on the left, beyond the bus shelter in this Streetview from 2016.
Mickleton, Primitive Methodist Chapel. NY 969 237. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. NY 971 238. Both Steve Bruce.
Middle Herrington, Methodist Church. Peter Morgan (2019). Link.
Middleton-in-Teesdale, St. Mary the Virgin. Two interior views  -1, 2, and the font. Numerous medieval grave slabs and other survivals are built into the walls. A fragment of the previous church stands in the churchyard. NY 947 256. All Steve Bulman (2013). Link which says that the dates of demolition of the old church and building of the new is slightly uncertain, but both must be within the years 1876-80. Methodist Church, built as Wesleyan in 1870. NY 948 254. Steve Bruce. Another view, Steve Bulman (2013). Link. Primitive Methodist Church (1872). Circa NY 949 253. Steve Bruce. Since Steve took his picture, the vegetation has been removed - another view, Steve Bulman (2013). Baptist Church on Hude Street. Steve Bruce. St. Aidan (R.C.). NY 950 252. Steve Bulman (2013). Link.
Muggleswick, All Saints. Two interior views - 1, 2. NZ 045 499. All Mike Berrell (2012).
Murton.

New Brancepeth, Wesleyan Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
New Seaham - see Seaham.
Newham Grange, Stockton-on-Tees - see Stockton-on-Tees.
Newton Hall, Durham - see Durham (City).
Neville's Cross, Durham - see Durham (City).
Newbiggin (near Middleton-in-Teesdale), Methodist Church. NY 915 277. Steve Bruce. Another view. A plaque on the wall explains that it is believed to be the oldest Methodist Chapel to be continuously in use, having been built in 1760. Alan Blacklock.
Newbottle, St. Matthew. Bill Henderson.
Newton Aycliffe.
Newtown, Stockton-on-Tees - see Stockton-on-Tees.
Norton, St. Mary. NZ 4427 2212. Percival Turnbull. Another view, Colin Coates. Link, and its history page. The grade I listing advises that much fabric of the 11th century remains.

Old Seaham, see Seaham.
Oxbridge, Stockton-on-Tees - see Stockton-on-Tees.

Peterlee,
Philadelphia, Spiritualist Church. Bill Henderson.
Piercebridge, St. Mary. NZ 201 158. Steve Bulman.
Pit Hill - see Beamish, above.
Pittington, St. Lawrence, on Pittington Lane. NZ 3288 4358. James Murray.
Another view, Colin Coates. The grade I listing dates the oldest parts of the church to the 11th or 12th century; the church website says there are pre-Norman fragments too. St. John (Methodist, 1963) on St. John's Road. Their website says that it was successor to congregations from Clayton Street and Dixon Street. NZ 3285 4436. James Murray. Clayton Street, since re-named as Lawrence Road, was home to a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, at NZ 3297 4435. Two houses now stand on the site, seen here by the Streetview van in 2009. A Primitive Methodist Chapel stood on Dixon Street. Both the chapel and the street have gone. The site of the chapel now lies beneath a pair of houses and their gardens, as seen by Streetview in 2009. NZ 3298 4440. A Salvation Army Hall is recorded as having been de-registered as a place of worship in 1900. Howard Richter speculates that a hall marked on a map of 1939 at NZ 3278 4481 may be this former S.A. Hall. Can you confirm this? A building on the site today has the same footprint, and it can be seen here in a Streetview of 2009. Whether anything of the old hall survives (assuming this is the correct site) is so far unknown.
Preston on Tees, All Saints (1902-3) was built as a mission church to Holy Trinity in Stockton. Two further views - 1, 2. NZ 423 153. All Howard Richter (2011). Link1, and see the useful history here. Link2. This pdf report (large file) has a plan on page 38.

Quarrington Hill, the site of the demolished St. Paul, as seen by the Streetview van in 2009. A photo of the church is available here - it also supplies dates of 1868-1991. Demolition (for subsidence) followed two years later. NZ 3347 3791. This source mentions "St. Paul's Worship Centre in Quarrington Hill", which we must assume was the successor of the church. The last service was held in 1999. I haven't been able to discover a photo, or its location, but it may well have been the local community centre. Can you confirm this? The village also had Primitive and Wesleyan Methodist Chapels, both of which survive, though re-purposed. The P.M. was built in 1886 on Front Street, at NZ 3366 3745, and on later maps is labelled as Front Street Methodist Church. Now in commercial use, it can be seen in this 2010 Streetview. Mount Zion Wesleyan stood on Church Street at NZ 3368 3752. It had been built no later than 1902. Its 2009 Streetview suggests that it's now in residential use.

Ramshaw, Methodist Church, on Gordon Lane. It was built as Primitive Methodist in 1870. A recent estate agents notice here, shows that it is has now been converted to residential use. NZ 1497 2591. Alan Blacklock.
Redmarshall, St. Cuthbert. Norman door. Both Percival Turnbull. Another view. Alan Blacklock (2010). Link.
Rokeby, St. Mary, dates from 1778. It stands alone beside the A66 at NZ 0725 1382. Steve Bulman. Three further views - 1, 2, 3, all Martin Richter (2011). Howard Richter advises that the church is now closed and sold. A local informant told him that it was built to replace an old church near the river. The 1857 map has "Site of Rokeby Old Church" marked at NZ 0842 1443. Grade II* listed.
Romaldkirk, St. Romald. Percival recommends a visit to this church, which contains some early masonry, and interesting church furniture. Percival Turnbull. Another view. Bill Henderson. Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
Rookhope, St. John the Evangelist. Alan Blacklock.
Rowley, Baptist Church. NZ 087 479. Bill Henderson (2012).

Sacriston, St. Peter, currently (2008) up for sale. Link. St. Bede (R.C.). NZ2347. Salvation Army Citadel. All Bill Henderson.
St. Helen Auckland, St. Helen. NZ 188 268. Alan Blacklock. Link. Grade I listed. St. Paulinus (R.C.). Link. Both Alan Blacklock.
St. John's Chapel, St. John the Baptist. Bill Henderson. Methodist Church. NY 883 380. Martin Briscoe.
Satley, St. Cuthbert. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Grade II listed - link.
Seaham or Seaham Harbour.
Seaton Carew, Holy Trinity. Alan Blacklock. Methodist Chapel (1937) on Station Lane. NZ 522 298. Martin Richter (2013). It replaced an earlier Wesleyan chapel of 1830 (re-built 1878) on the sea-front at NZ 5252 2967. From an original glass slide in Howard Richter's Collection. It was still standing in 1961, but it had gone by 1977 - see here. The site is now occupied by "Golden Sands", an amusement arcade, behind the white van. Martin Richter (2012). There was a Friends' Meeting House (1841) at about NZ 5252 2947. When it was sold by the Friends is uncertain (map evidence suggests it may have been between 1897 and 1916), but it had several further occupants before being demolished in the 1960's. Photo and brief history here.
Sedgefield,
St. Edmund on Front Street. NZ 35685 28822. Bill Henderson. Grade I listed. Another view, Alan Blacklock. Link. St. John Fisher (R.C.) on Front Street. NZ 35454 28846. Bill Henderson. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on West End now serves as home for the 1st Sedgefield Scout Group. The building pre-dates a map of 1897 and it went out of (religious) use around 1967 when a new church replaced it. NZ 3537 2868.The new church (link) stands on North End, at NZ 35532 29080, and is visible on Streetview here. Martin Richter (2018).
Shadforth, St. Cuthbert (1834-40). NZ 342 413.
Martin Richter (2019). Link, with a history here, which includes an old interior photo. Grade II listed. A Wesleyan (later Primitive Methodist) Chapel once stood on Chare Lane at NZ 3442 4097. This source provides dates of before 1898 to after 1918 but looking at old maps, what appears to be the same building is marked on the O.S. map of 1861 as W.M. Chapel. It seems to have remained active into the 1920's. The village hall now stands on the site, the white building to the left of the pub, as seen by the Streetview van in 2017.
Sherburn, St. Mary the Virgin (1872).  NZ 3174 4225. Bill Henderson. Another view, from Streetview in 2010. The grade II listing advises that the church has what is believed to be the oldest surviving organ (1874) from the famous makers Harrison. A Primitive Methodist Chapel once stood on NZ 3155 4233. The site lies beneath the two houses (mostly under the house to the right), seen here by the Streetview van in 2020.  Another demolished chapel - Wesleyan - stood about half a mile to the east, at NZ 3223 4223. The site as seen by Streetview in 2010 here.
Sherburn Hill, Methodist Church (1851, enlarged 1902). A map of 1947 marks this as "Ebenezer", and the church website (which includes an interior photo) says it was built as Ebenezer Primitive Methodist. It further says that the church absorbed the congregation from the nearby Bethel Wesleyan Methodist, becoming Sherburn Hill Methodist Church at that time. NZ 3354 4210. Colin Coates. Another view, Martin Richter (2019). Bethel survives on the main road through the village (Front Street), converted to residential use, and can be seen here in a 2016 Streetview. NZ 3346 4211. Salvation Army Hall, which stands on the main road through the village at NZ 3377 4207. The present building dates from the 1980's, but it was preceded by an earlier one on the same site, of 1922. Another view. Both Martin Richter (2019). Link. Newspaper article.
Shildon.
Shincliffe, St. Mary (1851), on High Street North. Difficult to photograph well, Martin's photo is stitched together to create a single view. NZ 2910 4075. Link. Grade II listed. Sherburn House Chapel is effectively a re-build of 1868 following a fire a few years earlier, but it originally dates from the late 12th century. Another view. NZ 3086 4158. A comprehensive history of Sherburn house can be found here, and of the chapel here. Grade II* listed. All Martin Richter (2019). The former Methodist Church on High Street can be seen in a 2018 Streetview. The date-stone, above the door, can be seen by zooming in, and declares the chapel to date from 1874, Wesleyan. NZ 2913 4068.
Shotton Colliery, St. Saviour (1852-4), which was built as a chapel-of-ease to St. Mary at Easington. NZ 394 412. Bill Henderson. Two additional views - 1, 2, both Martin Richter (2019). Link. Interior photos are available here and here. Our Lady of Lourdes (R.C., 1982). Two additional views - 1, 2. NZ 386 413. All Martin Richter (2019). A 2016 Streetview. Link, which includes a photo of the predecessor church, of 1921. Another photo, available here, taken during the opening ceremony, shows that the church was of wooden construction. This source includes an interior photo of a church identified as the R.C. "Fleming Field Church", which has to be the predecessor of the present church.
South Church, the one-time collegiate St. Andrew, on St. Andrew's Road. NZ 218 285. Alan Blacklock.
Another view, Bill Henderson. Link1. Link2. Grade I listed. Wesleyan Chapel, dating from 1899. Alan Blacklock.
Little Newsham, possible former church. This is probably the chapel belonging to Newsham Hall. Alan Blacklock (2014).
South Hetton.
Spennymoor.
Staindrop, Co. Durham, St. Mary. NZ 131 207. Bill Henderson. Methodist Church, formerly Primitive Methodist. NZ 129 207. Steve Bulman. Primitive Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
Stanhope, dedicated to St. Thomas. Bill Henderson. Methodist Church. Another view. Both Peter Morgan (2013). Link.
Stanley.
Startforth,
Holy Trinity. Bill Henderson. Another view, two interior photos - 1, 2, the chancel, and the font, all David Regan (2018). Grade II listed.
Stillington, St. John the Divine. Another view. Both Alan Blacklock. Link.
Stockton-on-Tees.

Tanfield, St. Margaret of Antioch. Bill Henderson. Link.
Tanfield Lee, Methodist Church. Peter Morgan. Another view. Bill Henderson.
Thornley (nr. Durham).
Thornley (nr. Tow Law), St. Bartholomew. This old postcard is from Reg Dosell's Collection.
Thorpe Thewles, St. James. Another view. Interior view. All Alan Blacklock. Link.
Thringarth - see Lunedale above.
Toronto, the site of St. Paul now lies beneath housing. In this 2014 Streetview, the building which looks like a church is shown on old maps as a school - St. Paul stood further back, and would have blocked the view to the right of the school. NZ 2000 3061.
Another St. Paul survives, though converted, nearby at NZ 202 305. It can be seen on Streetview here, and there is a photo on Geograph, which also supplies a building date of 1903. The former Primitive Methodist Chapel, can be seen in 2014 Streetviews here and here. It pre-dates a map of 1898, and seems to have still been active in 1958. Its appearance suggests that it is now in some commercial or industrial use. NZ 1988 3070. On-line information on all three of these churches is minimal, and if you can add anything I'd love to hear from you.
Tow Law.

Ushaw Moor, St. Luke, which can be seen here on a 2010 Streetview. NZ 2256 4273. Link. The former Methodist Church was originally Primitive Methodist, and is now in residential use. NZ 2293 4258. Steve Bruce. There was also a Wesleyan Chapel, to the west of the town on Cockhouse Lane, at NZ 2218 4283. The site of the building is among the trees visible here on a 2020 Streetview. The Baptist Church (1897) can be seen on a 2010 Streetview here. NZ 2273 4266. Link. St. Joseph (R.C.) is not visible on Streetview. It opened in 1931, though the congregation dates from 1909 when they met in a tin tabernacle. Exterior and interior photos are available here. NZ 2309 4262. The former Salvation Army hall stands on the east side of Station Road, and the 2010 Streetview is available here. At the time of writing (2020) it was being offered for sale. St. Cuthbert's Chapel at Ushaw College. Three interior views - 1, 2, 3. The interior of St. Joseph's Chapel, and the interior of the Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo, also at Ushaw College. A large site, a grid ref. of NZ 2185 4370 will serve. All Mike Forbester. Link. The grade I listing should be consulted for further details of this complex site. St. Joseph is also listed separately as grade II.

Waterhouses, Russell Street Wesleyan Methodist. Steve Bruce.
West Auckland, Methodist Church. Bill Henderson.
West Pelton, St. Paul. Bill Henderson.
West Rainton, St. Mary the Virgin. It dates from 1864, with the tower added in 1877. NZ 3230 4689. James Murray. Grade II* listed. The former Methodist Chapel (originally Primitive Methodist) on Station Road, Leamside, is now a private residence. It was still active in 1940, and a 1991 map marks it as PW (place of worship), but its closure date is unknown. NZ 3152 4650. James Murray. Another view, Peter Morgan (2019). The former Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Chapel of 1822 stands at NZ 3220 4674. Its date of closure is not so far known, but it was still active in 1940, and the 1959-60 O.S. map labels it as S.A. Hall. It can be seen in a 2010 Streetview here and here, the latter with the spire of St. Mary in the distance. Grade II listed.
The former Methodist Chapel at Rainton Gate. This was previously Bethesda New Connexion. This source gives a building date of 1874, with closure in 2004. It was subsequently converted for use as a gym. NZ 3180 4645. Peter Morgan (2019). A Salvation Army Hall, shown on a 1959-60 O.S. map, and since demolished, stood at NZ 3204 4680. It was still standing at the time of the 1991 map. The site can be seen on a 2016 Streetview here. Another demolished building was the Meeting Hall of the Plymouth Brethren, at NZ 3131 4641. Present but not labelled on an 1896 map, it was labelled on the 1920 map, and had been demolished by the time of the 1939 edition. Its site can be seen here, on a 2017 Streetview, beside the road in the foreground.
Westgate, St. Andrew. Alan Blacklock. Another view, and three interior views - 1, 2, 3, all Peter Morgan (2013). Methodist Church. Alan Blacklock. Another view, Peter Morgan (2013).
Wheatley Hill, All Saints. NZ 3805 3925. James Murray. Another more recent view - note the now-missing gable-end just visible in the older photo, behind the double-height pallets. The entire aisle with the door in it may have been re-built, as the door looks wider in Martin's photo. Martin Richter (2019). Link1 - which says the church was built as a Mission Church from St. Bartholomew in Thornley, in 1873. Link2.
Whitwell Colliery, once had a Primitive Methodist Chapel. The colliery site, which is about 3/4 of a mile north-east of the village and now on the other side of the A1(M), consisted of colliery buildings, several terraces of housing, and the chapel, has now been completely returned to green fields. I've been unable to find a photo, and other than a single mention of its existence, nothing on the web either. A Streetview from 2020. NZ 3085 4054.
Whorlton, St. Mary. Alan Blacklock.
Willington, St. Stephen. Alan Blacklock. Methodist Church on Lydia Street, built as Wesleyan in 1874. Peter Morgan (2013). Link. Our Lady and St. Thomas (R.C.) on Cumberland Terrace. Another view. Both Peter Morgan (2013).
Wingate, Holy Trinity (1840-1). Another view, following the demolition of the vestry.
NZ 4000 3715. Both Bill Henderson. Two additional views - 1, 2, and an interior, all Norman Cummings (2015). Link. Grade II listed. Older O.S. maps mark two chapels. South of Holy Trinity at NZ 4003 3702 was a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Its site can be seen here, on a Streetview of 2008 - the house on the site of the chapel stands to the left of a garden, where its Sunday School used to be. Its My Primitive Methodists entry (which includes a photo, dates it to 1897, replacing an earlier one on Humble Lane. Humble Lane seems to have gone, and so presumably has the old chapel. The other chapel was Bible Christian, at NZ 3986 3725. The Streetview van hasn't passed its site, and I haven't been able to find a photo on-line.
Winston, St. Andrew. Bill Henderson. Two further views - 1, 2, both Alan Blacklock (2011). Methodist Church. Steve Bruce.
Witton-le-Wear, St. Philip and St. James. NZ 1477 3127. Bill Henderson. The grade II listing says it is a re-build of 1896-1902 of a medieval structure. It can also be seen on a 2009 Streetview here. The Methodist Church was built as Primitive Methodist in 1850, and its 2009 Streetview is here, and Geograph here. NZ 1474 3121. Bill Henderson. Link. The village also had a Wesleyan Chapel at one time, the site of which can be seen on a 2009 Streetview here. Howard Richter tentatively suggests that the tall wall directly above the car may be a surviving fragment of the chapel, and also advises that it was still active in 1940. NZ 1474 3125.
Wolsingham.
Wolviston, St. Peter. NZ 454 258. Alan Blacklock. Three further views - 1, 2, 3, and a fine example of the monumental mason's craft, all Martin Richter (2011). Link1. Link2, which says the previous church was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. Link3. Link4. Grade II listed - link. The former Methodist Church, built as Wesleyan (1829). Just visible above the fence-line is the re-located date plaque. Three further views of this dilapidated building - 1, 2, 3. This article says it closed in 1979. Planning permission has been granted in 2012 for change of use into a cattery, and hopefully this will prevent further deterioration. NZ 454 257. All Martin Richter (2011). Grade II listed - link.
Woodland, St. Mary, one of the "tin" churches. Alan Blacklock. Methodist Church, formerly Wesleyan. Steve Bruce.
Wycliffe, St. Mary. Interior view, and a hogback tombstone. All Kenneth Paver (2015).
Grade I listed.

 

 
 

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