The Old Rectory

Centre of life in Houghton le Spring for hundreds of years – returning to become heart of the community and a force for social good.

History of The Old Rectory

For more than 600 years, The Old Rectory has been at the centre of life in Houghton-le-Spring and many people pass by the building on their way about town.

Our friends at Houghton Heritage Society have amassed a great deal of historical information about various buildings including the Old Rectory.

In 1949, the gardens surrounding the building became a public park after being given to the people of Houghton and likewise, there is much support for these outdoor spaces from our “Bloomin’ Marvellous” gardening group.

Since 2017, the Acumen Community Buildings Charity has maintained the building – providing a space for community groups and social entrepreneurs to work together to create a vibrant hub and co-working space.

A Vision for
the Future

The Old Rectory will remain at the heart of life in Houghton le Spring for many more years to come and currently needs significant investment to realise its true potential as a wonderful asset for the local community.

For Kate – any words from Malcolm to go here?


Rectory Park Illuminations

Our Community Engagement plans in 2021 involve bringing back the illuminations to Rectory Park which haven’t been seen since the 1980’s.

They are fondly remembered by many people who would appreciate seeing them again, whist being enjoyed by families and children alike.

Please see our fundraising campaign page for more information on the lighting project:

Our Team

These are the friendly faces you’ll see around The Old Rectory building – please feel free to give us a shout if you have any questions about our work.

Kate Welch

Kate Welch

A friendly face about town and
our Chair of Trustees!

Sarah-Jane Silvester

Business Consultant

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Likely to be the first face you see through
the Old Rectory doors!

Community Activities


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Thanks to our Funders

Thank you for your wonderful support for all our projects.