Building » Middleton-in-Tees – St Aidan

Middleton-in-Tees – St Aidan

Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12

A small, utilitarian post-war structure. While no doubt serving the local Catholic community well, it is not a building of architectural or historic significance. It does, however, blend well with its setting in this large village. 

Before the building of the present church, Mass was said at the King’s Head Hotel by courtesy of Mr and Mrs Hayes. The church, seating 120, was opened and blessed by Bishop Cunningham on 21 December 1957. The cost was approximately £3,500, including the land. It was built to serve the needs of holidaymakers as well as local Catholics.


This is a small, economically-built church, constructed of grey, imitation rusticated stone blocks. The roof is of imitation slates. It consists of a nave and sanctuary in one with a sacristy and a porch on the north side. The windows are rectangular and are framed with wood and have leaded panes. The interior is plastered and has a low ceiling with exposed timber trusses.

The seating consists of simple benches. On the north side of the sanctuary is a short bench, seemingly nineteenth century, with a curious mixture of Gothic and Jacobean motifs.

Heritage Details

Architect: John Lawton FRIBA

Original Date: 1957

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed