Chapter and verse on Seaton Carew church’s past in new book

Julie Cordiner
Julie Cordiner

THE history of a church that was uncovered during research into a new book is set to feature in an exhibition.

Parishioner Julie Cordiner did the research and wrote Portrait of a Seaside Parish: Holy Trinity Seaton Carew to help raise £150,000 to restore the badly-eroded stonework at Holy Trinity Church.

Hartlepool’s Central Library, in York Road, Hartlepool, is hosting an exhibition of photographs and information uncovered by Julie while writing the book.

The display, which runs from Tuesday, July 2, to Thursday, July 25, focuses on the families who were part of the church and community and on various aspects of village life.

It may be of particular interest to anyone whose ancestors lived in Seaton Carew from 1831 onwards.

Julie will also be giving a talk at Central Library on Wednesday, July 10, at 7.30pm.

Julie said: “I thoroughly enjoyed doing the research as so many unexpected stories about the church and the community emerged.

“I found links to the Guinness brewery, Captain Cook, Bobby Shafto and the Zeppelin raids in World War One.

“There were some pieces of information which I couldn’t fit into the book, so I was delighted when the library staff suggested that we could share the material with the public.”

Copies of Julie’s book will be on sale during the exhibition costing £10 and can also be ordered on the church’s website at

Julie also plans to arrange talks for community groups at the church and is willing to be a guest speaker at other meetings in return for a donation to the church’s restoration fund.