A medieval church with a high tower that soars out of shot. Has two porch entries. The one that is board up is the one funded by King Richard

St. Mary’s, Barnard Castle.

In 2024, it will be 550 years ago to when the lordship of the town of Barnard Castle was given to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, by his brother Edward IV.

Richard would have been around  22 years old, and just starting to establish himself in the north.

St Mary’s church council (PCC), in partnership with the Northern Dales Richard III Group (NDRIIIG), are raising funds to mark this occasion by  installing seven new windows into the porch. A wonderful idea, given that St. Mary’s was important to Richard, he had planned to make it a Collegiate church like St. Mary and St. Alkelda in Middleham, and had given funds to the church including to rebuild the chancel arch and to build the north porch.


Please follow this link to view more detail and to donate if you wish.

The chancel arch that King Richard funded, looking through to the High altar

The chancel at St. Mary’s, Barnard Castle


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