11 thoughts on “The Church of St.Thomas A Beckett, Grindon 1982.

  1. Thank you all for the interesting information about Grindon old Church. Apparently my ancestors Alfred Hibbert and Jane Abel were married in Grindon Parish Church in 1854. This must have been in Thorpe Thewles. They originated from Norfolk and went back there after they were married. We went to look for the old church today but it was surrounded by trees and bushes. It was great to get so close. I am pleased to see the photograph above. Maureen James. August 9th 2012.

  2. Thank you Cliff for the comments on the parish church at Grindon, I can now view St James at Thorpe Thewles in comfort, and not have to scrabble over the ruins of the Grindon church! Think you were in the same school year as me and my husband,Dave, although we went to Richard Hind Seniors, he came to Grangefield for the 6th form and played rugby for them – he was friendly with Ian Fox, Pete Wishlade, Tony Jackson,Derek Oliver and a boy called Hingley.

  3. Pat”s ancestors would have married at the church in Thorpe Thewles. There has been no real change in the geographical area known as the Parish of Grindon, but there has been a change in the church that serves that parish. The old church at Grindon being replaced in 1849 when the new church was built in Thorpe Thewles, as that village was the main centre of poulation in the parish. There is a Grindon Parish Hall, but you`ll find it in Thorpe Thewles.

  4. I have the marriage certificate dated 1860 for my great grandparents who were workers on the Wynyard estate, and the certificate states that the marriage was held at “the parish church, parish of Grindon, county of Durham” Bob Harbron says the Grindon church was closed in 1849, so does anyone know if the marriage would have been in St James at Thorpe Thewles, and why was it called the parish church of Grindon?

  5. I have the original crest which is imprinted on a signet ring, passed down through my family. The crest is a lion on a blood stone and is the original crest.

  6. I am trying to find the A”Beckett crest because sadly my grandfather may not see another week in this world and i want it to be on his grave stone, after he passes i will be the only A”Beckett with the blood line to St T. A”Beckett

  7. I have an old painting of a little girl with a basket of kittens. I”m guessing mid 1800″s. But I”m not an expert. The basket has Stockton on Tees with the name Alex Holmes under it. There is a church in the background. I believe the church is Church of St Thomas in it”s full glory. I have been looking at hundreds of pictures on the internet and the windows on St Thomas are the closest match. 2 large long windows with the what looks like a cross in the middle top. My view is different from the pitures I”ve found. If it”s not the Church of St Thomas, perhaps someone could help me identify it. I took a pretty good picture of it. (It may even be someones imagination of how it should have looked.) In any case, any help would be most appreciated. Michele Cooper Louisville, Kentucky, USA

  8. I remember playing around this old Church as a kid in the late forties, but when I went back to visit the ruins in 1989 I could not find access to the ruins. The area seemed to be fenced off by the local land owner. Is it still possible to visit these ruins, as I may be in England in the Autumn and would love to have a look around after all these years. I remember that it was close to the Durham Road and between and the old rail line, Not far from the Grindon lane ends, ie the back road to Stillington. would this be correct ?. I remember walking down the old rail line back to near Primrose Hill, passing the old Quarry on the way.

  9. This Building is to the west of the Castle-Eden Walkway from which it is sign-posted. Named after the death of Thomas a” Beckett in the early 1200 it was part of the Bishop of Durham’s scheme to keep revenue in the Bishopric which would have “pilgrimed” to Canterbury on one of the earliest “Package-Tours’ Food, transport Accommodation and “Rep”s ‘ Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of such, in his “Canterbury-Tales”. By mid 1700 it was a fine Church, of wood panelling, box-pews and family pews, the plain white walls bearing wooden “Hatchments” (family crests), farm workers stood or sat on benches to the rear. The decline set in when the Londonderry Family, first built their own Chapel and later became patrons the more modern Church in Thorpe-Thewles. By 1840 Grindon village and church were so run- down all moved to Thorpe, leaving only Grindon Farm St Thomas closed in 1849 and Lady Londonderry raised £500, £100 being donated by Mr Disraeli who was a guest at Wynyard_hall at the time, to extend Thorpe church for its increased population. The ruin is worth a visit to view not only the remaining stone -work, a few of the early tombstones date back almost 500 years.

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