The Parish Church of St Hilda, Abbess of Hartlepool
The church (a Grade 1 listed building) stands in a commanding position by the sea.
As well as being a vibrant and living church, an impressive architectural structure,
and a place of great importance in the development of the Christian faith in the
region and Christian heritage in general in the north east, St Hilda’s has a Visitor
Centre, charting the history of the Church and the Headland with modern displays
(some interactive) and welcomers on hand to guide you round and tell you more.
St Hilda's is the parish church of the Headland, a unique part of Hartlepool which
is physically quite separate from the rest of the town. St Hilda came here around
648 AD to take charge of the double monastery of monks and nuns, and later moved
to Whitby as the first Abbess there. The church seeks to proclaim the gospel through
worship, pastoral support and organisations including Sunday Monkeys, Sunday Youth,
Girls' and Boys' Brigades and Ladies' Fellowship and is an active member of Churches
Together on the Headland.