Welcome to the next instalment of my Mary Stewart Advent Calendar. Today I am posting about another of Mary’s childhood residences, Shotton Colliery in Co Durham in the north-east of England.

In 1924, when Mary was eight, she and her family moved from Trimdon to Shotton Colliery, approximately seven miles distant. Mary’s father had been made vicar of St Saviour’s there, a post he was to keep until 1940. Rev Rainbow wrote about the move in the September 1924 edition of  the Trimdon Parochial Magazine:

‘I am shortly leaving Trimdon at the request of the Bishop, to become Vicar of Shotton. For many things I shall be sorry to leave, for I have spent seven happy and busy years amongst you. But the larger work calls and I feel I must go. Shotton has a population as large as the Trimdons all combined, and I am hoping it will be possible to get a helper. The great shortage of clergy may prevent this, in which case I shall have to attack the work alone.’

I wonder whether a curate was appointed to assist Rev Rainbow?

Here is the church of St Saviour (photos taken October 2016):