The Northernvicar is Peter. I retired in April 2023 as Vicar of Allestree and Darley Abbey in the City of Derby – having started there in July 2016. This summer we will be moving back to Hexham in Northumberland.
I was ordained 25 years ago, and served my Curacy in seven parishes north of Bury St Edmunds, then my first incumbency in four parishes just south of the town. I then did seven years in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, as Chaplain, then Canon Pastor. I then went north to the beautiful County of Northumberland where I was Vicar of Ponteland in the Diocese of Newcastle.
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. I moved south to Derby Diocese in 2016, so I’ve done some exploring in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, 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 started walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way – amazing history along one river. Sometimes I blogged my walks.
During Covid I started writing a daily Facebook Ramble and I added them to this blog every month or so. In 2021 I decided I want to travel all the railway network again – I’ve done it twice already, but train travel is a pleasure, most of the time. I rather enjoy doing the difficult curves, rare track and having an explore while I do it. You will find those journeys recorded too.
My wife Julie is northernreader – she is the brains of the outfit, and I recommend her wonderful writing. Her blog is https://northernreader.wordpress.com/. As well as reviewing books, she also explores bookshops.