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Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire

(53°2′54″N, 1°36′0″W)
Kirk Ireton
SK 269 502
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
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Kirk Ireton is a village in the Debyshire Dales district, 6½ miles S of Matlock and 5½ miles NE of Ashbourne. The church, in the village centre, consists of an aisled and clerestoreyed nave with a S porch and a W tower and a chancel with N and S chapels and a N vestry. The church is 12thc in origin, including the lowest stage of the tower and the S nave arcade. The N arcade is 13thc, but both aisles were remodelled later: the S aisle in the 14thc, and the N in the 17thc, when the clerestorey was added. The upper parts of the tower are 14thc. Romanesque features described here are the S arcade and the S doorway.


In 1086 Kirk Ireton was a berewick of the royal manor of Wirkswork, and was assessed at 4 carucates. Kirk Ireton originally was held under the chapelry of Wirksworth but overtime became independent. The church is entered as rectory in the taxation roll of Pope Nicholas IV 1291 valued at £6 13s 4d per annum.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



The waterleaf on the S arcade E respond capital is similar to that seen at Eckington, and the fleshy leaves on the pier capital are similar to that on a loose capital at Matlock, but these may be general features of the Transition period in Derbyshire. The S doorway is significantly earlier than the arcade, dating from the 1st quarter of the 12thc.


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, 495-501.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 80094

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2002), 260.