Welcome to the official website of Friends of Rectory Park.

Rectory Park is one of the oldest gardens in the UK. Since at least the 12th Century, it has been the garden for the Rectory, becoming a public park in 1949 after being given to the people of Houghton-le-Spring. The Old Rectory still stands, remodelled in the 18th Century and some of the Tudor building still survives, with the remains of a Pele tower at its heart. The Park also contains the only remaining Tithe Barn in the North East of England.


The park has suffered from neglect and under investment over the past few years and the Friends of Rectory Park were formed from a group of local volunteers who would like to see the park restored to some of its former glory.


This site is to celebrate the park, the events and projects the Friends hold within it and to give people information about the park in general.


If you'd like more information about the Park or about the Friends group, we'd be delighted to hear from you. Please email info@houghtonlespringrectorypark.org.uk We'd also be delighted to hear from you if you'd like to join our group or make a contribution to it.


Thanks for visiting our site.


This is a picture of the park looking North. There are thousands of crocuses that are planted parralell to the paths in the park, making it a lovely place to walk in the springtime.