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St Edmund, Allestree, Derby, Derbyshire

St Edmund's Church, Saint Edmund's Close, Derby (52°57′13″N, 1°29′0″W)
Allestree, Derby
SK 348 397
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derby
medieval unknown
now St Edmund
  • Celia Holden
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4 Sep 2014

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Feature Sets

The former village of Allestree became a suburb of the Borough of Derby in 1968. St Edmund's church was largely rebuilt and extended in 1865-6 by Stevens and Robinson of Derby. It retains a W tower of the 13thc. The only Romanesque feature is a S doorway that is partly renewed.


Before the Conquest Allestree (Adelardestreu) belonged to Earl Siward of Northumbria. In 1086 Allestree was one of three waste berewicks belonging to the manor of Markeaton, held by Earl Hugh of Chester. There is no mention of a church or priest in Domesday Book. St Edmund's, from its earliest foundation, seems to have been a chapel of Mackworth, and the rectors of the mother church were bound to provide a chaplain for the daily celebration at its altar. It became a separate parish in 1868.


Exterior Features



Arnold-Forster (1899) 30, lists the pre-Reformation dedication as St Andrew. However, according to the church's website, the dedication to St Edmund is ancient.


Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Volume 3, London 1899, 30.

J. Charles Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol 4: The Hundred of Morleston and Litchurch: and General Supplement, 1879, 233-39.

N. Pevsner, revised by Elizabeth Williamson, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, Harmondsworth 1978, 189.