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High House Chapel and Weardale Museum

Built in 1760, High House Chapel holds services every Sunday, making it the oldest still in continuous weekly use. John Wesley visited 13 times, and in 1772 witnessed an incredible revival of the work of God when the 'Fires of Methodism' took hold among the lead-mining population.

The 266 members then at High House accounted for over a quarter of the membership of the whole Dales Circuit.

Weardale Museum is a small, volunteer run, independent folk museum operating to award-winning standards from the adjoining manse building. It has displays on local history, including a beautiful tapestry in five embroidered panels.

The Wesley Room contains a large collection of Methodist memorabilia, displays about Wesley's visits and the work of the early evangelists, additional information about the Primitive Methodist revival in Weardale in the 1820s and the story of the 1788 Methodist Subscription Library, set up in nearby Westgate (see page 30).

A trail (in development) along Weardale and Teesdale will include the Chapel and Museum with other places of worship to tell the story of life and religion in the Dales in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Admission
Adults £3; Children 50p. Booked group visits have the benefit of a steward to tell the Methodist story.

Additional visitor information
Nearby car parking and coach access
Disabled access to downstairs rooms and chapel
Toilets and disabled toilet

Worship services
Every Sunday 10.45am

Friends of the Weardale Museum
Membership fees: Adults £3, family £5.
Contact the Treasurer.

Also nearby
Westgate and Newbiggin Methodist Chapels. Built a year before High House, Newbiggin had three of the same trustees and their lead-mining members had much in common. However, the two buildings are very different and both are well worth a visit.

 


     

Hutts
Ireshopeburn
Bishop Auckland
County Durham DL13 1HD

Opening
May 1 - October 31, Wed - Sun 2pm-5pm; August, daily 2pm-5pm; Easter and Bank Holidays, 2pm-5pm. By appointment at any time for groups. Weardale Museum visitors are encouraged to view the chapel. Booked group visits have the benefit of a steward to tell the Methodist story.

Contact
Curator
Tel: 01388 517433
Email: dtheatherington@ormail.co.uk
Website: www.weardalemuseum.co.uk

Getting there [NY874385]
Car: Nearest villages, St John's Chapel and Wearhead, are a mile away on the A689. Stanhope is eight miles away.
Bus: Local service A101 Bishop Auckland – Stanhope – Cowshill
Train: Durham and Penrith are the nearest stations, both 30 miles away.


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