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St Michael, Willington, Derbyshire

(52°51′11″N, 1°33′58″W)
SK 293 285
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Mary
now St Michael
  • Celia Holden
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  • Jennifer Alexander
7th September 2014

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Feature Sets

Willington is a village in the South Derbyshire district, on the River Trent 6 miles SW of the centre of Derby, The church of St Michael is to the S of the village centre and consists of a nave with a S porch, chancel and N transept and a small west tower. The tower dates from 1824-27 and is of ashlar, while the body of the church is of coursed sandstone rubble. The only Romanesque feature is the S nave doorway.


Willington was held by Leofric in 1066 and by Ralph FitzHubert in 1086. It was assessed at 3 carucates. There is no mention of the church in the Domesday survey, but there must have been one at this time as William the Conqueror bestowed the town of Willington, together with its church, on the Abbey of Burton, which was confirmed to that establishment by Pope Lucius III in 1185.


Exterior Features



What survives of the doorway; the cushion capitals, chip carved ornament and simple boss decoration suggests a date early in the 12thc, say 1100-25.

  1. J. C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Chesterfield and London 4 vols, 1875-79, vol. 4, 435-38.

C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 649.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 82799