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St Giles, Matlock, Derbyshire

(53°8′4″N, 1°33′5″W)
SK 301 598
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Louisa Catt
  • Ron Baxter
  • Celia Holden
  • Louisa Catt
02 Sep 2014

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Matlock is a town in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, and since Derby became a Unitary Authority in its own right has taken on the role of county town. The church is on the S side of Matlock town, and is of the local gritstone. It has an aisled nave with a S porch, a chancel with S chapel and a W tower. The tower is the only medieval part of the fabric, dating from the 15thc. The chancel was built in 1859, the nave in 1871 by B. Wilson, and the S aisle and chapel in 1897 by Currey. The church contains an octagonal font, a fragment of a capital and two free standing responds.


Before the Conquest and after, the manor belonged to the king, and had 2 carucates of ploughland but was waste. There were 6 berewicks with atotal of 7 carucates of ploughland, as well as woodland pasture , meadow and a lead mine. The Taxation Roll of Pope Nicholas IV in 1291 valued the church at £10. In 1310 an account made by the Dean of Lincoln on his Derbyshire possessions mentions the church of Matlock as being in the Dean’s patronage but not owing pension or dues to the Dean and Chapter.




Loose Sculpture


The font probably dates from the end of the 12thc. or the early 13thc. The scallop capitals are large enough to be from an arcade or a major arch, but are very palin and are unlikely to date from after 1150. The crocket capital is probably 13thc.

  1. R. Clark, ‘The Dedications of Medieval Churches in Derbyshire: their survival and change from the reformation to the present day’, Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, 112 (1992), 48-61.

J. C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Chesterfield and London 4 vols, 1875-79, II, 517-27.

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, Melbourne, London and Baltimore 1953, 179.
  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2002), 272