Diocesan mapThe Church of England Research and Statistics Unit have developed a parish mapping tool which was released in April 2016, and will be enhanced over the coming months. The tool is linked from their web page, but launches centred on London. To access the tool centred and zoomed to Durham, use this link instead:

Parish map – shaded to show deprivation

To view a modified map, showing only Durham Diocese with deaneries shaded, use this link instead:

Durham diocesan map with deaneries shaded

Tips for Using the Map

The legend (key) is the starting place:

  • The colours of the dots on the map show the listing status for churches.
  • The shading colours indicate the deprivation deciles for parishes (darker=more deprived).

Clicking on a parish opens a pop-up, including:

  • basic census data,
  • the parish’s deprivation rank,
  • the parish code (which can be really useful for selecting specific parishes when customising maps),
  • and a link to zoom to parish level.

Clicking on a church’s dot opens a pop-up, including:

  • listing status,
  • a link for the church’s entry on the A Church Near You website,
  • and a link to the heritage record.

The legend can be hidden to see more map by clicking on the left-pointing triangle at the top right of the legend panel or on the Details button. To see even more, put your browser in full screen mode (usually by pressing F11).

Customising the Map

Changing the Basemap

There are two buttons near the top-left. If you click on Basemap, you can change what lies underneath the data layers. The shading is semi-transparent, and changing to a map rather than satellite imagery can improve the definition of what shows through. It can also be very useful if you have filtered the parishes shown.

  • OpenStreetMap is a good choice.
  • Imagery (without labels) can remove some distracting elements too.

Customising the Content

Beneath the Basemap and Details buttons are three more options. Click on Content to access a range of ways of customising what is shown on the map. N.B. These changes can’t be saved unless you are a registered user.

Data is contained in layers. Various layers are loaded when you open the map – Churches, Parishes, Deaneries, Archdeaconries, Dioceses and LSOAs (Lower Super Output Areas). However, only two layers – Parishes and Deaneries – are visible. You can turn layers on or off (tick or untick the box), add new layers from public data, change the order of layers, and customise what is shown from each layer.

Selecting Data to Show From a Layer

If you hover over a layer’s name (e.g. parishes), four icons should appear, followed by a symbol to click on for more actions (the actions vary according to the layer). The fourth icon – Filter – allows you to select which data in a layer is displayed.

Clicking on the Filter icon allows you to build filter expressions, or more complex filter sets. A template for a filter expression appears by default.

As an example, this filter would display only those parishes in Durham Diocese.

ArcGIS filter - dioceseTo create a filter set instead,  clck on Add a Set, then delete the original expression. A filter set simply consists of several filter expressions, and an option to apply All or Any of them. For example, this filter set using the Any option would show all the parishes of Stockton Deanery and the Upper Skerne Team Parish.

ArcGIS filter - Stockton Deanery plus Upper SkerneThis filter set using the All option would show the Grade I listed churches in Durham Archdeaconry.

ArcGIS filter - Durham grade one churches

Formatting Layers (Including Showing Boundaries Only)

If you hover over a layer’s name (e.g. parishes), the third one (an icon of coloured shapes) – Change Style – allows you to change formatting options and display different attributes.

When you first click on the icon, the selected attribute is the default – Deprivation Rank. You can choose a wide range of other attributes, or Show Location Only, if required. Examples such as population can be very useful. There are then many ways of tweaking the way the data is shown.

One of the most useful changes is to display only the parish boundaries, and remove the shading:

  1. Choose Show Location Only,
  2. Click on the large Options button under drawing style.
  3. Click on Symbols, and then on the box with the red diagonal below the colour grid.
  4. Click on Outline above the colour grid and choose a colour and line style for the boundaries.
  5. Click on OK, then OK, then Done.

Adding and Re-ordering Layers

ArcGIS hosts a huge library of public-domain datasets. These can be added to your map as layers.

First, click on Modify Map at the top right. Various additional options then appear. To add a layer, click on the Add button that has appeared next to Basemap, and choose Search for Layers. For example, to overlay the map with the UK rail network, search for “UK rail”, then click Add for the Railways layer and finally click the large Done Adding Layers button. To display the rail network behind the parishes, hover over the Railways layer, then drag the handle (three vertical dots) till the layer is below parishes in the list.

Archdeaconry and Deanery Codes

Archdeaconry Archdea_id
Durham 131
Auckland 132
Sunderland 133


Deanery Deanery_id
Durham 13102
Easington 13103
Hartlepool 13110
Lanchester 13108
Sedgefield 13111
Auckland 13201
Barnard Castle 13202
Darlington 13203
Stanhope 13206
Stockton 13207
Chester-le-Street 13301
Gateshead 13302
Gateshead West 13303
Houghton-le-Spring 13304
Jarrow 13305
Wearmouth 13306

Downloadable Maps

A variety of printable maps, including deaneries and local authorities, can be downloaded below.

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