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All Saints, Wingerworth, Derbyshire

(53°12′11″N, 1°25′41″W)
SK 383 675
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
  • Ron Baxter
  • Ron Baxter
15 May 2022

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Wingerworth is a large village in the North East Derbyshire district of the county, 3 mles SW of Chesterfield. The church stands in the village centre and until 1963-64 consisted of a nave with a 12thc N arcade, a chancel with 13thc lancets and a 15thc W tower. It was restored in 1903-05. In 1963-64 an extension was added to the N in the form of a new nave with an an altar and chancel at the N end, occupying the full width of the original nave and divided into 5 bays by concrete arches. The architect was Bernard Widdows of Naylor, Sale and Widdows. This spectacular enlargement was necessitated by the growth in the size of the village in the early 1960s. The original nave thus became a narthex and the chancel was repurposed as a lady chapel. 12thc features recorded here are the S doorway, the plain chancel arch, the N arcade and the font.


Wingerworth was held by the Confessor befiore the Conquest and by King William thereafter. It was assessed at 2 carucates. There was a chapel there before 1100, when William II appropriated the church of Chesterfield with its chapelries of Wingerworth and Brampton to the Deanery of Lincoln. The manor was held from the king by the Brailsford family in Henry II's time, and by the reign of Edward I, the Brailsfords were still Lords of the Manor, but under Edmund, Earl of Lancaster (Cox, 449)


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches






All the Romanesque features are of the simplest form, and that, in conjunction with the narrow aspect of the doorway and the small chancel arch leads to the conclusion that this must date to the years around 1100.


J. C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Chesterfield and London 4 vols, 1875-79, vol. 1, 449-56.

Derbyshire Historic Environment Record MDR5009

  1. G. Hall, The History of Chesterfield , London 1839, 328.
  1. C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 650.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 393548

J. Poston, All Saints Wingerworth Visitors Guide, und.