About

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 a website – www.stedsandstmatts.co.uk

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. Then I moved south to Derby Diocese, so I’ve started exploring 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 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, but I have decided that being a “Proclaimer” is all that’s possible. I sometimes blog my walks.

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 occasionally blogs at hannahbarhambrown.wordpress.com. We all tweet – I am @revpeterbarham – and I’m on facebook, as are my churches.

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