A cruciform church with a nave of three bays, aisles and chancel, with a square tower at the W end. The church is 13thc and later, but within the walls are fragments of an earlier Anglo-Saxon church, and also a small number of Romanesque features and fragments.
A church at Darley is listed in the Domesday Survey. It was transferred by William Rufus to the Dean of Lincoln during the building of Lincoln cathedral.
A simple sandstone Norman doorway (now blocked) in the S wall of the present chancel. It comprises two chamfered semi-circular headed arches, with a chamfered label above. The first arch is inset with the chamfered doorway jambs carried down to the base of the opening. There is no decoration either on the arches or jambs of the opening. The second arch, also blocked off, is considered to be a window opening. The second arch is chamfered and made of one piece of sandstone; inner jambs also chamfered.
|1st arch, depth of voussoirs||0.18m|
|1st arch, internal diameter||1.47m|
|2nd arch, internal diameter||0.87m|
|2nd arch, width||0.16m|
|Height of doorway, below crown, 1st arch||2.43m|
|Height of doorway, below crown, 2nd arch||1.12m|
|Label, depth from wall face||0.065m|
|LAbel, width of face||0.05m|
A square stone set in the W face of the tower to the left of the doorway. It contains carvings of two animals, one of which is a winged wyvern.
An original Norman sandstone doorway in the chancel gives access to the present vestry, and it appears that this has always been an internal door. The head is semi-circular with voussoirs and a simple label. The jambs are coursed stone bonded to the adjacent plastered rubble wall. The doorway is undecorated on all faces.
|Depth of label||0.03m|
|Depth of voussoirs||0.29m|
|Height of arch, internal||1.75m|
|Height of springing||1.36m|
|Width of face||0.015m|
|Width of label||0.08m|
|Width on each face, chamfer||0.05m|
A sandstone corbel head is built into the tower interior, designed to span diagonally across the NW corner. It depicts a beast, perhaps a lion, or devil with a grinning mouth and flowing locks and beard, with a claw foot on each wall face. The mouldings are rounded. A possible date is late 12thc.
|Depth of corbel||0.20m|
|Height under corbel||0.30m|
|Width of corbel||0.60m|
A tub-shaped font of grey sandstone, unlined, with four ribs originally running from top of the bowl to the bottom roll moulding. It is very worn but two ribs still show stylised beakheads running into a cross. One rib has been removed leaving a slight recess. There is a roll moulding at the top of the font. The bowl sits on a later base.
|Circumference of font||1.82m|
|Depth of roll moulding||0.03m|
|Height of beakhead||0.175m|
|Height of font||0.37m|
|Width of beakhead||0.125m|
Two large fragments are positioned in the nave at the W end. These are much weathered and it is difficult to analyse the carving. One piece is from a tympanum, as could the second piece be, although equally it could be part of a carved lintel. These fragments were seen and sketched by D. Lysons (see bibliography).
|Length of first fragment||0.62m|
|Length of flat head base, second fragment||0.58m|
|Width of first fragment||0.41m|
|Width of second fragment||0.255m|
T. Brushfield, 'On Norman Tympana', Journal of the British Archaeological Association, N.S. VI (1900), 249.
J. Charles Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, vols. 2, 4. Chesterfield 1975.
D. Lysons, British Museum Add. MS. 9463 (Additional Manuscripts).
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, London 1978, 163.