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All Saints, Ashover, Derbyshire

(53°9′50″N, 1°28′51″W)
SK 348 631
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
  • Olivia Threlkeld
  • Richard Jewell
02 Sep 2014

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Feature Sets

This church is typical for Derbyshire, with its tall tower and late 15thc spire. The chancel is early 14thc, the nave has Decorated and Late Perpendicular arcades. All the fenestration is Late Perpendicular. The only Romanesque feature is the lead font.


A priest is mentioned as a household in the Domesday Book, which is unusual, but perhaps not particularly illustrative of the importance of the church at this time. In the reign of Stephen the church was given the Abbey of St Helen, Derby by Robert, Earl Ferrers (Cox 1877, citing Dugdale).





The lead font is only one of around 30 examples in the country. Dorchester (Oxfordshire) is especially similar. The history of the font is unknown but Cox writes; ‘this font may have been in the church of Ashover when it was given by Earl Ferrers to the Abbey of Barley, but this is the very earliest date to which it can be safely assigned.’


J.C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. 1: The Hundred of Scarsdale, Chesterfield, London, Derby 1877, 17-37.

C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 120.