Wolsingham

Wolsingham town centre

Wolsingham is one of the main towns in Weardale, with a good selection of shops, pubs and cafes and the local library. Wikipedia notes that “it is a Saxon settlement and one of the first market towns in County Durham, deriving its name from Waelsingas, or Sons of Wael, an ancient Saxon family that once lived there.”

cottages from 1677

There are some fascinating buildings, the oldest (apart from the church) being Whitfield Place on Front Street. The more recent industrial past, of the Weardale Iron compoany ironworks has gone and the village is much as it was before then.

wolsingham churchThe church of St Mary & St Stephen, is at the end of a narrow lane off the main street with limited parking and is set in a quiet churchyard.

There are services every Sunday, which you can find advertised on the website.

 

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