A CHURCH has mined a host of information about its history as it marks its 175th year.
Holy Trinity in Front Street, South Hetton, which belongs to the Church of England, was set up by the owners of the village pit.
Now its congregation are celebrating its past, with the church still based in the same building.
A special service was held at the weekend, with an exhibition about its history to run until Friday.
The banners put up during the Lindisfarne Gospels visit to Durham during the summer will also be on show.
Reverend Alan Stainsby, who has led the church for four years, said: “The church was set up by the local mine owner and they were very tribal, so each village in the area had their own.
“We still have a very strong congregation. We’re in the same building and have just had some renovation work done which was possible because of fund-raising.”