About Sacristy Press

Sacristy Press is a small, independent publishing house based in Durham (UK). We publish theology and history, including historical fiction. Our small-but-growing selection of books and e-books are all available to browse and buy through this website.

Member of the Independent Publishers GuildIt is our aim to uncover hidden gems from new talent and old hands alike. We believe that the best books happen when publishers and authors work together to ensure a high quality manuscript with exceptional production. For up-to-the-minute news about our exciting new literary projects follow us on Twitter at @SacristyPress and find us on Facebook.

We are members of the Independent Publishers Guild.

Meet the team...

Sacristy Press was founded in 2011 by Richard Hilton and Thomas Ball. We are supported by a wonderful team of freelance editorial staff, a part-time Marketing Assistant and a Commissioning Editor.

  • Georgia Wedgwood Mayne

    Editorial & Marketing Assistant

    Georgia Wedgwood Mayne

    Alongside her role at Sacristy Press, Georgia is a Christian Bookshop manager. She is a long term lover of both books and history and has a BSc in Archaeology from the University of Reading.

    Georgia lives in the Isle of Man with her husband, dog, cat and an African Dwarf Frog. When she hasn’t got her nose in a book she helps run her church’s youth group.

  • Natalie Watson

    Publishing Director

    Natalie Watson

    Natalie Watson is a theologian, writer and editor based in Peterborough, and has a PhD in Theology from Durham University. She is the author of several books and articles on feminist theology and other subjects.

    Before joining Sacristy Press as Commissioning Editor in October 2018, Natalie was Head of Publishing at the Methodist Publishing House (2003-2007), Senior Commissioning Editor of SCM Press (2007-2015) and a Senior Commissioning Editor at Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2015-2018).

  • Richard Rutherford Hilton

    Operations Director

    Richard Rutherford Hilton

    As Operations Director, Richard Rutherford Hilton is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day running of Sacristy Press. He can often be found dabbling in cover design and typesetting, too. Richard’s background is in software development.

    Alongside Sacristy Press, Richard is a self-employed website developer. In his “spare” time he fulfils manifold and sundry duties at Durham Cathedral (primarily as a verger) and in his spare-spare time is a mentor at his alma mater, Grey College (Durham University), where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science in 2006. He enjoys playing the ’cello and skiing.

  • Thomas Ball

    Commercial Director

    Thomas Ball

    Thomas Ball is one of the founding directors of Sacristy Press. His academic background is in medieval philosophy and, after completing his PhD in the history of political thought, he taught Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion at Durham University.

    Thomas is responsible for commercial strategy at Sacristy Press and was, until 2018, our Commissioning Editor. Alongside his role at Sacristy Press, Thomas is VP for Clinical Affairs at a medical device manufacturer in the USA.

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