St Mary the Less

St. Johns College, 3 South Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3RJ

13.09.18 to 16.09.18

From soldiers in the Norman times to students in the present day, St Mary the Less has been a place of worship for many over the years. The historic features inside the Chapel and in the grounds chronicle its story.

St Mary the Less is the chapel of St John's College. It is an active place of worship for St John's College and Cranmer Hall, which is an ordination training college. The St John's College Chapel Choir sing a weekly evensong here too. The chapel dates back to the 12th Century but was extensively reconstructed in 1847 and has links to the Bowes family, who used to live on the Bailey. Current ordinands from Cranmer Hall and volunteers will be in the Chapel to welcome you and share its fascinating history. 


Opening Times

Thursday 6 September: 1000-1600
Friday 7 September: 1000-1600
Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 9 September: 1300-1400
Thursday 13 September: 1000-1600 
Friday 14 September: 1000-1600 
Saturday 15 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 16 September: 1300-1400

Booking Details

No booking required


There are stairs leading up to the Chapel.

Additional Information


We are located at the southern end of the Bailey, before the Bailey drops down to Prebends Bridge and the river.

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