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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.

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

Also nearby
Westgate Methodist Chapel.



Bishop Auckland
County Durham DL13 1HD

May 1 - October 31, Wed - Sun 1.30pm-4.30pm; August, daily 1.30pm-4.30pm; Easter and Bank Holidays, 1.30pm-4.30pm. By appointment at any time for groups.

Tel: 07990 786220

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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