Sedgefield St Edmund

Project Summary

St Edmunds church and its large churchyard sits in a prominent and elevated position over the High Street at the east end of the green which lies at the centre of Sedgefield. It is well positioned to be easily accessible to the community and to fulfil a role as the main church for the main civic events in the town. Founded around AD 900 by Bishop Cutheard, the parish of St Edmund has long-standing ties to its community.  The present church, a spacious, stone building dating predominantly from the 13th century, with prominent 15th-century tower, is a significant local landmark.

St Edmunds was a willing and enthusiastic participant in Inspired Futures from the start and has developed a clear project vision to reorder and open up the church and install a heritage exhibition centre in partnership with the Local History Society to both interpret the heritage of the church and the Sedgefield Community.

It was not selected as a Group 1 church in the process, not because there wasn’t clear needs and opportunities but because the project consultants considered that the Church’s project team, developed through stage 1, was strong enough and capable enough to achieve the project outcomes without the full engagement of the consultants at Stage 2.  Although progress has been made towards realising the vision there is still a significant amount of work still to do and the final report (below) sets out an action plan and indicative timescale for the church and its heritage consultant to achieve by late next year. Through the project St Edmund’s has secured :

  • A Way Forward report
  • A Heritage Assessment
  • A Statement of Significance
  • An access audit
  • Advice on funding
  • Capacity building through attendance at Inspired Futures workshops.

Project documents