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All Saints, Grindon, Staffordshire

(53°5′15″N, 1°52′22″W)
SK 086 545
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Staffordshire
now Staffordshire
  • Ron Baxter

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Grindon is a remote village high in the Staffordshire Moorlands, situated in a loop of the River Hamps. It is surprising to find a church there that seems more suited to an urban setting, but All Saints is just that; a tall and solid ashlar building ofc.1845, built by F. and H. Francis in an early-14thc. style. Its wide nave has four-bay aisles with no clerestory, and it has a broad low chancel with a N vestry, and a tower with a tall broach spire with lucarnes at its foot. The old church was demolished in 1845, and a drawing by Buckler of 1847 shows the present building (William Salt Library SV IV 227). An undated watercolour entitled 'All Saints Church, Grindon' (William Salt Library SV IV 226b) shows a distant SW view of a church with a pinnacled tower without a spire, and a nave with a clerestory, i.e. not the present church, so presumably the old one. In the same collection is a Buckler drawing of 'One of the Capitals and remains of the Shaft of the Old Church at Grindon' (William Salt Library SV IV 228b). This shows a cylindrical pier carrying a low cushion capital with a square impost. The only Romanesque feature is a disused font bowl, at present under the tower.


Robert of Stafford held the third part of a hide in Grindon in 1086, described as a waste. No church or priest was recorded at that time. At some point in the 11thc.-12thc., the church came into the possession of Burton Abbey, for its patronage was surrendered in return for a pension of 14s in 1183. At the Dissolution in 1542 the abbey was still receiving the pension, which was transferred, with its other possessions, to a new College at Burton.

Benefice of Calton, Cauldon, Grindon, Waterfall and Blore Ray with Okeover.





The font is roughly shaped and simply decorated, and probably dates from the first third of the 12thc.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Staffordshire. Harmondsworth 1974, 138.
Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Views Collection, nos SV IV 228a; SV IV 228b; SV IV 226b; SV IV 227. Available online at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=47,71124and_dad=portaland_schema=PORTAL
Victoria County History: Staffordshire. III (1970), 199-213.