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St Edmund, Castleton, Derbyshire

(53°20′34″N, 1°46′34″W)
SK 150 829
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Edmund
now St Edmund
  • Richard Jewell
  • Ron Baxter
  • Ron Baxter
09 Dec 1990 (RJ), 16 May 2022 (RB)

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Feature Sets

Castleton is a village in the High Peak district of Derbyshire, at the head of the Hope Valley and overlooked by Peveril Castle, built by William Peveril in 1086 on the ridge that marks the boundary between the Millstone Grit of the Dark Peak and the limestone of the White Peak. The church stands in the village centre and consists of a wide nave with a S porch, W tower and a chancel with a N organ chamber and vestry. The church retains a heavily restored 12thc chancel arch, but the remainder of the building is largely restoration work of c.1837.


The manor of Castleton was held in 1086 by William Peveril, illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, and was rated at 2 carucates. He built Peveril Castle in 1087, and perhaps Castleton's first church too. The manor remained in the Peveril family until 1153, when their entire holdings were forfeited to the crown and as a result of the poisoning of Ranulph Earl of Chester by William Peveril the Younger. Peveril was exiled and Henry II gave the manor to his own son John. It remained in royal hands until Edward III gave it to John of Gaunt and it was absorbed into the Duchy of Lancaster. The advowson of the church remained with the Lord of the Manor.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The chancel arch is heavily restored, especially the chevron order. It is curiously arranged with a species of label to each of the W face orders, and with the 2nd order carried on plain jambs. This may not be the original arrangement.


J C Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Chesterfield and London 4 vols, 1875-79, vol. 2, 127-130

Derbyshire Historic Environment Record MDR2346

A. Fletcher, The Parish Church of St Edmund, Castleton, Derbyshire, 1976.

C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 225-26.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 82479