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St Michael and All Angels, Alsop-en-le-Dale, Derbyshire

(53°5′34″N, 1°45′45″W)
SK 160 551
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval Lichfield
now Derby
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02 Sep 2014 (OT0, 21 June 2022 (RB)

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Feature Sets

Alsop-en-le-Dale is a small hamlet situated in a valley below the main Ashbourne to Buxton road. Cox (1877), 402-06, describes a small church consisting of a nave and chancel, with a bell-turret at the W end. The earliest foundations of the building are of the 11thc. The nave is Romanesque, with a S doorway decorated externally round the arch with point-to-point lozenges and foliage. The imposts of the chancel arch are plain but 12thc; the arch is from the Gothic period. The W tower is Romanesque revival: 1882-83 by F.J. Robinson.


At the time of the Domesday Survey, Elleshop and Eituu (Alsop and Cold Eaton) were berewicks to the manor of Parwich. Alsop, as part of the crown demesnes, was granted to William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby, who in the reign of John granted the manor to Gweno, son of Gamel de Alsop. The family held it for seventeen generations, then in 1688 it was sold by Anthony Alsop to Sir Philip Gell. The Berefords afterwards held the manor, and thence it was passed by marriage to the Milwards. There have been many owners since.

The chapel of Alsop-en-le-Dale, from the date of its first foundation in the 12thc down to comparatively recent times, was a dependency of the mother church of Ashbourne. It is mentioned in the charters of 1240 and 1290, by which the endowment of the vicarage of Ashbourne was settled, and the vicar was bound to find a fit chaplain to serve it. In post-Reformation days it attained the dignity of a parochial chapelry, and the appointment of the minister became vested in the freeholders in consequence of their augmenting the stipend.


Exterior Features



The decoration of the S doorway is similar to that of the 2nd order of the S arch of the gatehouse at Bristol cathedral, although the latter lacks the lozenge and bead detail.


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

J. Charles Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire: The Hundreds of the High Peak and Wirksworth, Vol. 2, Chesterfield 1877, 402-06.

N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, Harmondsworth 1978, 57.