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St Peter, Edensor, Derbyshire

(53°13′32″N, 1°37′37″W)
SK 250 699
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Louisa Catt
  • Richard Jewell
09 Dec 1990

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The church is of 1867 by G. G. Scott, but incorporating some of the old fabric from the earlier site (the village had been removed to its present site c.1840 by the sixth Duke of Devonshire). The existing church consists of nave, side aisles, chancel, S porch, the Cavendish chapel and a W tower surmounted by a spire all in the Decorated style. The S porch contains a 12thc doorway (largely restored) and a fragment of a 12thc capital in the wall.


No church is mentioned at Edensor in the Domesday Book. The church is mentioned in a deed of 1192 whereby it is discussed who the church should belong to. The 1291 Taxatio values the church at £10 per annum and not as a vicarage.

The manor was part of the vast estates given by the Conqueror to Henry de Ferrers, and was probably held by Sewall under him at the time of the survey. Sewall's son Fulcher probably built the church, as he and his sons obtained the advowson of it, and it is mentioned amongst the property sold by one of Fulcher's sons to his brother in Henry II's reign.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration





The date of doorway sculpture is of the mid-12thc; while the tomb slabs may date from the second half of the 12thc. The lone capital looks early 12thc, possibly from Fulcher's church or Saxo-Norman overlap (viz Sompting, Sussex)


J.C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. 2: The hundreds of the High Peak and Wirksworth, Chesterfield, London, Derby 1877, 175-184.

C. Hartwell, N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, New Haven and London 2016, 381-2.