In addition to the normal range of services St. Andrew's is open and manned on many Wednesdays throughout the year for heritage visits, prayer and reflection. The 2019 season is from Wednesday 6th March, and continues through until the end of November.
March, April - Wednesdays 10:15am - 3:15pm.
May to September - Wednesdays 10:15am - 4:15pm.
October, November - Wednesdays 10:15am - 3:15pm.
The National Heritage Open Days
The next National Heritage Opening Days are in September each year. St. Andrew's takes part with many other places which are open locally, regionally and nationally. Please support these events.
On our regular Summer Wednesday open day stewards will be present to assist you, as necessary. Leaflets detailing the heritage of the church are available.
The Boathouse Cafe is also open in the Church Hall on a Wednesday morning and is well worth a visit for a quick snack or a full cooked breakfast.
It is believed that an Anglo-Saxon church may have existed on this site before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The present church dates from 1125 and is the oldest church in Darlington. It is most famous for the 17th Century 'Cosin woodwork' that can be seen in the boxed pews, pulpit, lectern and font canopy.
All the following can be found in the church:-
- Fossil coral that is 325 million years old.
- A craftsman's mark of a cockerel dated 1649
- A very large coat of arms of Charles II (1660-85) carved from one piece of wood.
- The Emmaus window depicting Jesus sharing bread after the Resurrection.
- A number of original Norman arches.
- Part of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft.
- A tribute to Lord Byron's great uncle.
- Some very plain misericords (these are often very ornate in Cathedrals)
- St. Andrew was a fisherman and one of the first disciples. See how the Nave altar connects to him.
Full programme at www.heritageopendays.org.uk from July. As a church based on faith and worship we hope that your visit will encourage you to come to one of our events or services. You will be made very welcome.