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St Michael, Stanton by Bridge, Derbyshire

(52°50′27″N, 1°26′51″W)
Stanton by Bridge
SK 373 272
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
  • Celia Holden
  • John Arnold
  • Ron Baxter
  • Celia Holden
  • Ron Baxter
6th September 2014 (CH), 25 April 2022 (RB), 19 July 2023 (RB, JA)

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Stanton by Bridge is in the South Derbyshire district, 5½ miles S of the centre of Derby, the bridge in question being Swarkestone Bridge, a 13thc bridge over the Trent and its marshy flood plain linking the villages of Stanton and Swarkestone to the N. The church is on the W edge of the village and consists of a nave, north aisle, south porch and chancel, with a bell turret on the west gable. The building underwent general restoration in 1865-66 by Ewan Christian, who added the bellcote. The fabric contains Anglo-Saxon stones including some interlace, and impressive long-and short work on the SW angle of the nave. The west window and wall and perhaps the chancel arch are Norman, along with the Norman south doorway. The rest of the church is later 13th century.


Stanton by Bridge was held by Edward the Confessor's himself in 1066, and by Earnwig as a thegn in 1086. It was assessed at 1½ carucates. Cox was unable to discover much about the early post-Domesday history of Stanton, noting only that the manor was held by a family that took its name from the manor, specifically Robert de Stanton, who held the manor and the church in 1297/98.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The List Description notes that the chancel arch looks rebuilt; Hartwell simply calls it Norman. The S doorway is certainly heavily restored but appears largely original.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, or England’s Patron Saints, vol.3, London 1899, 264.

J. C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Chesterfield and London 4 vols, 1875-79, vol. 3, 467-72.

  1. C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 600-01.

Historic England Listed Building: English Heritage Legacy ID: 83213

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