St Mary and St Michael’s is an impressive 13th century Grade 1 listed church, substantially rebuilt in the 19th century. The village of Doddington is located in rural north Northumberland on the southern edge of the Milfield basin. The area was much affected by the medieval border wars, and it could be that parts of the church were designed with a defensive function in mind. The large churchyard features a rare 19th century watchman’s hut to prevent body snatching activities. More recently, Doddington has become a primarily agricultural settlement sitting on the main road from Wooler to Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The parish went into vacancy soon after the start of Stage 2 of the Inspired Futures Project, leading to a delay until the arrival of the new incumbent in 2018. Since then there has been renewed engagement and a focus on developing visitor welcome and the potential for a strong heritage offer. While this work is still significantly behind the point which it was hoped Doddington would reach through Inspired Futures, it nevertheless marks a significant start on that development journey. Through the project Doddington has secured:
- A Way Forward report
- Initial development of Visitor Welcome
- Partnership development with the National Park
- Heritage Interpretation and pop up welcome display
- Capacity building and skills development through the project