ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS
In 2007 plans were put in motion by the then incumbent Rector, Rev Ian Wallis, for the reordering of the interior of St Michael & All Angels Church in the centre of Houghton-le-Spring.
The community project, called the Next Nine Hundred Campaign, was to see improved access to the church along with new movable pews and chairs, underfloor heating, general redecoration and the building of a new heritage centre and meeting room.
During those renovation works, the history of St Michael's was rewritten when secrets from under the floor revealed new theories about what once was.
This section of the Houghton Heritage Society website focusses on the history and heritage of the ancient church, which is thought to have been a place of worship for over a thousand years.