The Northernvicar is Peter. I am Vicar of Allestree and Darley Abbey in the City of Derby – having started here in July 2016. The parishes have websites, including a new one for St Matthew’s – click here.
Until the end of June 2016 I was Vicar of the Parish of Ponteland in the Diocese of Newcastle, in the beautiful County of Northumberland. I started this blog when I moved north in 2010 – hence the name. I visited many Northumberland churches and took photos. Then I extended the blog to other churches I have visited as I have travelled round this lovely country of ours. Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire are all around me, and I go further afield too.
While in the North I walked Hadrian’s Wall, so I blogged that too – I like my Romans. Having walked Hadrian’s Wall, I have now started walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way – amazing history along one river. I’ve not got very far. I rashly said I’d try and walk 1,000 miles in 2017. I am now aiming simply to be a “Proclaimer” – and sometimes blog my walks. monthly northernvicarwalks blog shows I didn’t start well, but I’m catching up.
My wife Julie is northernreader – she is the brains of the outfit, and I recommend her wonderful writing. We are both studying for the MA in Public History and Heritage at the University of Derby, so some of our visits get blogged. I am also a railway nut, so they often make an appearance.
Daughter Hannah blogs at hannahbarhambrown.wordpress.com. We all tweet – I am @revpeterbarham – and I’m on facebook, as are my churches.