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St Ives

St Ives is an early work (1868) by prolific architect Charles Hodgson Fowler, and its style is the plain 19th century reinterpretation of medieval Early English.

Leadgate, County Durham

Opening times

The church can be opened on request to the churchwarden.


St Ives Road
County Durham

St Ives was designed the architect Charles Hodgson Fowler, and is constructed in local sandstone with Welsh slates to an aisled (north and south) nave with south porch, and chancel with south aisle. Its style is the plain nineteenth century reinterpretation of medieval Early English, which this Architect favoured, with cusped lancet windows, circular windows with plate tracery to the clerestories and west gable, and simple chamfers to the arcades.

The churchyard is large, now closed, but contains many headstones including 14 commonwealth war graves.

Leadgate itself stands high in the northwest corner of County Durham, straddling the line of the Roman Road, Dere Street. St Ives is at the most exposed location in the village at 731 feet above sea level. The settlement greatly expanded in conjunction with the growth of the steel works in nearby Consett and the associated numerous coal mines in the vicinity. The steel works shut in 1980 along with the coal mines, and replacement employment has been of a different character; and, together with less expensive housing, commuting to nearby Tyneside now characterizes the village.

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Level access throughout

  • On street parking at church

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Coffee mornings, and concerts.

  • Church of England

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