St Cuthbert’s church was built as a ‘Collegiate’ church at the behest of Bishop Hugh le Puiset (1125-1195). Cruciform in layout, the Chancel, Nave and Transepts radiate from the 14th century central tower and spire (rebuilt 1752). The building is almost entirely ‘Early English’ in style. There are several outstanding architectural features including 15th century misericords, a large ‘Cosin’ style font cover, Easter Sepulchre, and a fine collection of Victorian stained glass windows. George Gilbert Scott extensively, but not unsympathetically, restored the church between 1862 and 1865, after a prolonged period of neglect.
A grant was awarded towards the cost of a feasibility study and business plan preparation. The project will combine St Cuthbert’s history of staging cultural events with its prominence as the building in Darlington to explore the heritage of the town, it’s people and the church itself. This dual role will provide a central place to share local heritage, as well as provide a wider heritage and tourism information role, along with an attractive small/medium scale venue to complement the cultural offer that already exists in Darlington.