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All Saints, Bradbourne, Derbyshire

(53°4′12″N, 1°41′27″W)
SK 208 526
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval Lichfield
now Derby
  • Olivia Threlkeld
02 Sep 2014

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Bradbourne is a small and remote hill village 4 miles NE of Ashbourne, overlooking Havenhill Dale. The church's Saxon origins are evident in the fabric of the N nave wall and in the remaining fragments of a churchyard cross. The present church consists of a Norman tower, a clerestoried nave with a S aisle and an early 14thc S arcade, a 14thc chancel with a 19thc vestry off the N wall, and a S porch. It was restored in 1846. The 12thc W tower is square and unbuttressed, with ornamented bell-openings and corbel tables with heads. There is a projecting staircase tower in the NE corner. The S doorway of the tower is Romanesque, with three orders decorated with beasts and birds, and with beakhead. The tower's W doorway is round-headed and plain, with a keystone; there is a plain round-headed window above. The tower arch inside is also of the 12thc. There is a reused Romanesque shaft on the S chancel window. Of a Romanesque font only the badly damaged bowl survives.


At the time of the Domesday Survey, the manor of Bradbourne formed part of the lands of Henry de Ferrers and included a church and a priest. Subsequently, the manor was held from the de Ferrers family by the de Caucels. In the reign of King John, the manor of Bradbourne was conveyed to Godard de Bradbourne by Sir Geoffrey de Caucels, and it was held by that family till the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, when it passed to Sir Humphrey Ferrers, who had married Jane Bradbourne.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration

Corbel tables, corbels

Interior Features




Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Vol. 3, London 1899, 61.

J. Charles Cox. Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire: The Hundreds of The High Peak and Wirksworth, Vol. 2, Chesterfield 1877, 421 - 53.

N. Pevsner, revised by E. Williamson, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, Harmondsworth 1978, 103-04.