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St Peter and St Blaise, Somersal Herbert, Derbyshire

(52°54′50″N, 1°47′46″W)
Somersal Herbert
SK 138 352
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Blaise
now St Peter
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7th Sep 2014

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Somersal Herbert is a hamlet in the SW of the county, in the Derbyshire Dales district 7½ miles S of Ashbourne but only 3 miles E of Uttoxeter in the neighboring county of Staffordshire. The church is in the centre of the settlement.

The medieval church, as described by Cox, consisted simply of nave and chancel with a bell turret on the W gable. It was rebuilt to the same design in 1836, and again by C J Neale of Mansfield in 1874 , while the tower was added in 1912. The only Romanesque feature is the font.


In Somersal Herbert, Alric held 1 carucate of ploughland before the Conquest, and was still in place in 1086, holding his land from Henry de Ferrers. It takes its name from the FitzHerbert family who were holding land there in 1206 (Cox).





A date c.1150-60 is suggested for the font. There is another font with intersecting arch decoration at Ockbrook.


R. Clark, ‘The Dedications of Medieval Churches in Derbyshire: their survival and change from the reformation to the present day’, Derbyshire Archaeological Journal, 112 (1992), 48-61.

J. C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Chesterfield and London 4 vols, 1875-79, 3, 285-90.

  1. C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 591-92.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 415501

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, London: Butler & Tanner, 1953, 216.