Welcome to Wycliffe Church.
The Church and 'vill' of Wycliffe were built by Bishop Ecgred of Lindesfarne in around 830-840, and were given to St Cuthbert. The present church was constructed 1250-1350. However, there are still a number of carved Saxon stones, including a lintel, cross fragments and a hogback gravestone from the original building which have recently been placed on secure display within the church itself. There is also a small display of medieval grave covers which can be seen The Church still retains it original 13C Mensa (altar)
There is more beautiful medieval stained glass in Wycliffe than anywhere else in County Durham, with the exception of the Cathedral. Many of these feature angels playing musical instruments. The windows underwent conservation with iso-thermal glazing 8 years ago. With the sun shining through they really are a sight to see!
The East and West windows are by Clayton and Bell, stained glass makers to Queen Victoria. The coffered wooden ceiling was designed in 1963 by (Sir) William Whitfield, who later became Surveyor of the fabric at St. Paul's Cathedral, and was the architect responsible for designing Richmond House in Whitehall.
All the pews, choir stalls, communion rails, rectors' board and pulpit were made by Robbert Thompson ('The Mouseman'.) Always great to try and spot the friendly wooden mice on his works!
The Church is associated with John Wycliff, the 14C reformer, described by Martin Luther as the "Morning Star of the Reformation." His parents are buried near the alter, and his brother was the Rector.
Thomas Bewick the Northumbrian engraver, stayed in Wycliffe in the 1790's while working nearby, and the artist JMW Turner, also visited, inspired by the beautiful setting and the Wycliff connection.
We hope that you visit the church and take in the peace and calm it brings you. With the new extension having been completed in 2022, there is a loo and disabled access. Everyone is most welcome, and we hope to see you soon!