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Holy Trinity, Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire

(53°13′36″N, 1°42′12″W)
SK 199 700
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval Lichfield
now Derby
  • Olivia Threlkeld

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Feature Sets

The settlement of Ashford-in-the-Water is situated at a crossing place of the River Wye. Holy Trinity church was almost completely rebuilt in 1868-70 by J.M. & H. Taylor, but a Norman tympanum remains from the earlier building. The lower section of the tower is 13thc and the N arcade dates from the 14thc (Pevsner and Williamson (1978), 66).


At the time of the Domesday Survey Ashford (Aisseford) was held by the king. Within its lands were a mill, the site of another mill, and a lead mine. There is no mention of a church, chapel or priest.


Exterior Features



Cox (1877), 45-52, writes that, prior to the restoration in the 19thc, underneath the tympanum was a tablet, placed there by the late incumbent, with the text 'The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wildbeast of the field doth devour it.'


J. Charles Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire: The Hundreds of The High Peak and Wirksworth, Vol. 2, Chesterfield 1877, 45-52.

N. Pevsner, revised by E. Williamson, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, Harmondsworth 1978, 66.