St Hilda’s Church on the Hartlepool Headland is one of the most important churches in the north of England, believed to be on the site of the monastery where Hilda was abbess in the 7th century. She later went on to found Whitby Abbey.
The magnificent architecture is Early English in style. Outstanding features of the church are the enormous buttresses, six-bay nave, namestone of a 7th century nun, Brus Tomb, Norman doorway, and position close to the sea with views across the bay to Hartlepool Marina and the North Yorkshire moors. Good 19th and early 20th century stained glass windows.
A Visitor Centre is incorporated into the church building and includes audio-visual displays relating to the history of the church and the surrounding area. There is also an audio tour. Refreshments and souvenirs are on sale.
|Open Wednesday and Saturday 2pm-4pm, Sunday 12pm to 3pm. (November to Easter open 11am to 1pm on Wednesdays)|
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