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Church to open its doors to the public for heritage event
11:44am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
MEMBERS of the public will have the chance to visit the usually unseen parts of an historic church in the heart of Darlington as part of a national heritage event.
The Grade I-listed St Cuthbert’s Church, in Market Place, Darlington, will open its doors on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, for the National Heritage Open Days.
The church mostly dates from the 13th Century, with a 14th century belfry. The building contains Victorian stained glass, including windows by Daniel Cottier and Selwyn Image, and a Parochial Library dating back to 1711.
On Saturday, the church will be open between 10am and 4pm, in conjunction with the Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Steeplechase, while on Sunday the church and the belfry will be open between 2pm and 5pm.
The belfry is not usually open to the public and is an opportunity to climb up to see the eight bells, which have been in place since 1866, close-up. The St Cuthbert’s bells are the only set in Darlington to be rung regularly.
A spokesman for the church said the belfry is a steep climb and visitors should be reasonably fit if they wish to attempt it.
The open day will also include a display of items relating to the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen’s Coronation.
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